Editor’s Blog

Autonomous nonsense

I read that bean counters at KPMG have created the second edition of an Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index (AVRI), gauging 25 countries readiness for AV technology. The automated safety systems which have arrived in the coach market already take vehicles just a leap of faith from being autonomous; it’s not hard to see that if […]

Hot air rises…

I see the staggeringly stupid idea of ‘air taxis’ has gained enough traction to be the subject of an exhibition. A recent release seriously suggests VTOL aircraft seating two people as an alternative for commuting in road-level traffic to ‘avoid congestion.’ Such an idea, with aircraft at £500,000 a pop and landing limited to buildings […]

Here’s to 2019

2018 both began and ended, for me, with the deeply saddening loss of good friends. We lost Alan White of Midis to Midis in January and, just before Christmas, Chris Wales, who co-founded Coach Tourism Association (and much more besides), left another gap in our lives. Throughout the year, coach operators have had the ULEZ […]

Knitting budgets together

It was inevitable that, at the start of the autumn term, horror stories about home-to-school services would surface. One popped up on my screen this morning; parents of special educational needs children in Suffolk baffled by endless, late changes of vehicle, driver and operator, whether taxis or minibuses. Their comments cast doubt on the efficiency […]

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