A limo hire company from Shotts in Lanarkshire has been forced of the road after it was refused a Public Service Vehicle Operator Licence. The traffic safety team in Scotland launched an investigation into the company after the owner, Lisa Rafferty of 1st Class Limos, applied for a licence to increase her fleet of limos.
The 1st Class limo boss attended a public inquiry where she was found to be in breach of safety regulations. One of the principal concerns was that the company had supplied alcohol to its customers who had hired a party vehicle for a celebration, yet the firm does not hold a liquor licence.
The limo company has been trading for years providing chauffeur driven limousine hire for special occasions. The firm only came under scrutiny after it made an application to the authorities to increase its number of vehicles.
The Traffic Commissioner, Joan Aitken, has been accused by Ms Rafferty of trying to ruin her business as she believes Ms Aitken does not like limo hire companies and wants to see less of them on the road.
The investigation also uncovered that Ms Rafferty had been trading under different names in various parts of the UK, and also claimed the company had a history of “unlawful trading.”
The limo firm has been refused a Public Service Vehicle Operator Licence, however Ms Rafferty has vowed to fight the decision and is launching an appeal.