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routeone Issue 702 - 9 August 2017

In partnership with WRITE IN AND WIN The letter of the week will receive a portable USB power bank mobile device courtesy of Distinctive Systems. /LETTER OF THE WEEK 180mm x 28mm 9 AUGUST 2017 ROUTE…ONE.NET / 21 c NO MENTION OF COACHES IS A DISGRACE I recently read in utter disbelief the article in routeone on the air quality consultation routeone/ comment/2 August. Not one word on coaches in the consultation. A disgrace to the industry. It’s been proved that coaches are less polluting than most other vehicles, as they have special exhaust systems which are expensive to fit, so what does the mayor do? – he makes the worst-polluting vehicles exempt for fi ve years, and gives them a scheme to buy new vehicles, or help towards the cost. I believe this to be discriminating against coach companies who try and keep pollution low. What makes it worse is that taxis and coaches are both PCV and both should have been treated the same. I haven’t seen any offer of help or any exemption for coaches – why do taxis get all the help, when they are worsepolluting than coaches? TfL will get plenty of money from us taxpayers for new shiny Euro 6 buses and any hybrids they want. Why are the coach companies not mentioned? Not a word until it’s time to pay fi nes for non-Euro 6 compliance. Every bit of information I see tells me what the worst-polluting vehicles are. It’s time to think again and stop discriminating against coaches. We spend thousands a year on emission tests, exhaust systems, money for fi lter cleaning every few months, t Great value travel I was interested to read Peter Bradley’s comments on transport in Budapest routeone/opinion/2 August. We recently visited there and discovered that any EU citizen over 65 can travel free on the city’s transport network – so, if you qualify, you have two years to do so! We also found Prague’s transport system to be excellent. A 30-minute ticket valid on tram, bus or metro costs the equivalent of 70p – great value. Peter Dew, York Charity money handed over Do you remember our fi rst sellout Vamooz trip from Harrogate to the One Love Manchester concert this past June? We promised we’d donate all the fares to the British Red Cross, and we were pleased to show our support and hand over a big cheque to the organisers on Friday. Rebecca Reeve-Burnett, Manager Vamooz, Transdev Blazefi eld, Harrogate more money on maintenance for low emissions and low SAPS oils, etc. And why, to what end? To be fi ned shortly for not having Euro 6 coaches. We are not funded by the taxpayer. In fact only the worst polluters are, but we still get hit in the pocket. Maybe in 2019 the Mayor will have fl eets of black taxis bringing children from schools to visit the capital, or subsidise the school for the extra costs of the fi nes for not having Euro 6 engines – or will the Mayor subsidise coach companies with a £18,000 retrofi t exhaust system? The big coach companies don’t say a word; they sit on the fence letting smaller coach companies get discriminated against with more fi nes and more costs, while the real polluters’ taxis get looked after with taxpayers’ money for new vehicles, thanks to the Mayor. The fact that coaches were not even mentioned in the consultation proves coaches are not wanted, whatever we do. Discrimination, yes, in my opinion. We wait in hope to see if any coach company decides it’s time to act. Maybe it’s time to find a 16-seater pedal-power vehicle. The cycle lanes and infrastructure are in place and no electric is needed. I live in hope. Let’s also hope that in 2019 there are enough taxis to bring the visitors into London, because most older coach companies won’t be around due to the excessive costs and fi nes. John Connelly, Connelly Coaches, London


routeone Issue 702 - 9 August 2017
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