UK Coach Awards (UKCA) is encouraging entries to its ‘Making Coaches a Better Choice’ category. This accolade recognises and rewards projects that improve life for coach operators, coach drivers and their passengers. UKCA Chairman, Allan Edmondson, said, ‘We’re very keen on this category: it is a vital aspect of our work to highlight excellence and good practice. As with all forms of passenger transport, we in the coach industry rely on others to help make the journeys we provide for customers as comfortable, efficient and prompt as possible. They all have an essential role to play in making coach passengers feel welcome. We want to hear about projects that delivered improved passenger facilities for coach passengers, or provided a genuinely innovative new service. Other projects might have improved services to coach passengers through new infrastructure such as coach parks or welcome facilities. Alternatively, it could refer to facilities such as priority lanes that give faster, more comfortable and/or more reliable journeys.’
Full details of all categories and entry criteria, along with entry forms, can be found on the website at www.ukcoachawards.co.uk. Public nominations for the driver, customer service and operator awards close on 9 December 2016. Entries for all other awards close on Friday 27 January 2017. Judging and mystery shopping will take place soon after, with a shortlist announcement in early March. The awards ceremony will take place on 4 May at the Mercure Piccadilly Hotel in Manchester.