Coach safety agreement made by CoachMarque

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CoachMarque, the Guild of British Coach Operators and the School Travel Forum (STF) have come together on coach safety.

CoachMarque, the quality coach scheme administered by the Confederation of Passenger Transport, has reached agreement with the STF on a common set of safety and quality criteria to assist schools and school travel companies to minimise their risk in choosing coaches for their tours and visits.

Founded in 2003, the STF is a not-for-profit organisation of leading school tour operators, which promotes good practice and safety in school travel. It provides guidance and assistance to its members to enable them to exercise due diligence in their legal obligation to provide services to their groups, including the provision of transport services, that are reliable, professional and safe.

By aligning the safety audits of the three schemes, any STF member contracting a CoachMarque or Guild company can rest assured, without further investigation, that the vehicles service contracted will provide, and exceed, acceptable levels of comfort, service and above all, safety.

There are 50 members of the CoachMarque scheme and 23 Guild members. Some operators are in both.

Says Ian Luckett, coach operator and Chair of CoachMarque: “Aligning the two sets of standards means that STF members only need to see the CoachMarque member’s independent audit to know that they adhere to the standard required.

“If the STF member deals with a multitude of coach operators, using CoachMarque members will mean a tremendous admin and time saving, and give them the comfort of knowing the operators have been audited independently.”