Coach industry support

Government’s support rejection shows coach industry is on its own

Few in the coach industry can have been unaware of the Honk for Hope protest in London on 20 July, staged as calls for...
WYCA ENCTS payments

ENCTS difficulties at WYCA point towards trouble ahead

West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) is unable to guarantee ENCTS payments in August at pre-COVID-19 levels. Clarity is required on emergency government funding before...
Coach industry growth

Is the coach industry showing green shoots of growth?

Are green shoots of growth finally returning to the coach industry? That is difficult to answer conclusively. With the possibility of ‘local lockdowns’ over...
Heavy vehicle testing

Heavy vehicle testing backlog: A solution is needed now

News that heavy vehicle testing will gradually restart from 4 July is welcome. But the question that needs an urgent answer is simple: How...
Avoid public transport advice

Time for Westminster to drop advice to avoid public transport

Ever since the scale of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic became known, Boris Johnson and his government have wasted no opportunity to stress the need...
Home-to-school transport

Don’t forget commercial home-to-school transport…

Continued payment for contracted home-to-school transport remains a hot topic for the industry. And rightly so. For some operators, reimbursement at 100% of those...
Euro Bus Expo postponed

Postponed Euro Bus Expo allows attention to turn to 2021

News that Euro Bus Expo has been postponed to 2021 may have initially added to the downbeat feel that has gripped the industry since...
PSVAR

PSVAR: Government failures leave no hope of a solution

In a change from the previous norm, PSVAR in the coach industry now bubbles away relatively quietly in the background. Growing concerns around the...
Drivers COVID-19

Will older drivers want to return post-COVID-19?

Getting back to some semblance of normality is the industry’s holy grail of the moment. More passengers equals more vehicles in use equals more...
Social distancing

Social distancing: The elephant in the room

There is an elephant in the room that is going to affect every coach and bus operator in the land: Social distancing. Numerous calculations have...
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Prohibition clearance procedure changes announced by DVSA

Changes will be made to the clearance method for some vehicle roadworthiness prohibition notices from 28 September, DVSA has announced. The new approach will...
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Stephen Walsh takes up Optare Regional Sales Manager role

Optare has appointed Stephen Walsh (pictured) to the position of Regional Sales Manager for Scotland and East of England. Stephen joins Optare from Eminox. He...
Coach industry support

Sunak’s ‘missed opportunity’ for coach industry support: CPT

The Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) has welcomed Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s decision to introduce a Job Support Scheme, but it says that Mr Sunak...