More than 20 workers at a Tayside private hire company are facing redundancy after the firm revealed it was going into administration.
Alternative transport arrangements have been put in place for pupils at schools that use the services of Airport Travel (AT) Dundee.
Pupils in the Carse of Gowrie area use the firm’s buses to get to school in Perth and Dundee.
A company spokesman confirmed administrators will take over this week.
He added all employees have been informed of the news and will be paid their dues. However, some staff said they had been left in the dark.
The spokesman said: “There is an administrator coming in. All outstanding work and contracts will be honoured. We are not immediately ceasing trading. There will be redundancies but the administrators will be handling that.”
The spokesman declined to say why the firm was going into administration.
A staff member claimed: “After I finished work on Friday I received a text message from one of the parents. They were concerned about a post on Facebook by Perth and Kinross Council informing them my employer had gone into administration and other bus companies had been allocated the school runs.
“There was no communication from AT and when the owner was traced he would answer no questions, just saying the administrator would be dealing with things.
“No pay, no explanation, nothing. About 20 staff dropped like a stone.”
The Airport Travel spokesman categorically refuted these claims.
He said: “That’s not the case at all. The staff have all been informed. There are no problems with pay and a meeting is arranged with staff.”
From today, Harris Academy and Perth High pupils will be transported by Stagecoach Perth and Docherty’s Midland Coaches. St Madoes, Errol and Inchture primaries will be serviced by D&J Taxis Ltd, Sidlaw Executive Travel and Smith & Son Coaches.