Were you prepared for COVID-19?

With increasing worldwide concerns and fresh cases daily, COVID-19 will bring unprecedented challenges to almost every activity in our society, from business operation to...

Age and inexperience are not barriers to driving

I was recently reading the article reporting on Greater Manchester’s youngest bus driver, 18-year-old Jamie Jackson from Stagecoach Wigan. Many readers and commentators seem to...

The problem of commercial services

I wanted to raise the issue below, which demonstrates why so many independent operators may be moving away from commercial bus services or, indeed,...

PSVAR: Could another solution work?

  If the Minister of Transport expects compliance on PSVAR, would there be a possibility of his department looking at an alternative idea? In the year...

On the Stagecoach-Greater Manchester partnership proposal

While this is a bold initiative, its potential weakness is that it is a Stagecoach offer and not a Greater Manchester-wide offer (I understand...

Home-to-school transport: Where is our voice?

Like many small operators, we have been running home-to-school transport for over 60 years. In that time, we have had no problems until now...

Will the government make bus stops PSVAR compliant?

This is the text of a letter that I have sent to the Department for Transport (DfT) regarding PSVAR on home-to-school services: I have sent...

COVID-19 repatriation – coaches or buses?

Could you please do something to educate the news editors of the BBC, who clearly need assistance in differentiating between coaches and buses? Regarding the...

Drivers considered second again: Facilities at Heathrow Airport

I visited Heathrow Airport Terminal 4 on Sunday, 23 February, and as I always do, visited the coach park to book in and pay...
Memories of the Southsea-Ryde hovercraft

Memories of the Southsea-Ryde hovercraft

The Whisperer’s mention in last week’s routeone of the Johnsons excursions to the Isle of Wight by hovercraft reminded me of my happy...
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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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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...