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October 24 2017
By The routeone team

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Industry needs to have a think

Having visited Coach & Bus UK, I was aware of the Caetano Levante 90-seat 3+2 conversion that John Hill Coach Sales has supplied to Barnett’s Coaches [routeone, news, 11 October].

For any company this is a considerable financial investment and I can perfectly understand the financial reasons behind all of this.

There is no doubt that the conversion will have been carried out to a very high standard and it will have passed all the DVSA notifiable alterations regulations.

However, I pose what is a very difficult question for both operators and suppliers: Is this the route the PCV industry should be taking when it comes to school transport?

The biggest concern is how do you evacuate the coach in a timely manner in the event of a major accident or the nightmare scenario an engine fire?

The prospect of 90 schoolchildren trying to get out is a major concern.

For example, if the coach is on a home-to-school contract with no adult escort and the driver is incapacitated following an accident or worse, a tragedy will unfold that will haunt the industry for years.

Ian Ashman
Proprietor A&J Coaches (retired)
Tyne & Wear

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