EXCLUSIVE: General optimism but still difficult operating environment – SMMT

In an exclusive Q&A session with B&CB, Will Reeves, Bus and Coach Section Manager at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), tells us optimism is coming back, but says we are still facing a very challenging operating environment. Registrations have been seen to improve in 2022, albeit still below 2019 levels. How likely […]

UrbanThings predicts contactless to replace cash

Transport payments and ticketing technology specialist, UrbanThings, expects contactless payments for bus and coach fares to ultimately replace cash. Carl Partridge, UrbanThings CEO, said: “Contactless bank cards have fuelled a revolution in bringing a universal and quick payment method to the pockets of everyone. We can expect this to continue and ultimately replace cash and […]

Review of the Year – 2022

January Fire damages buses at NatEx Walsall garage – A fire damages three buses at a National Express West Midlands’ Walsall garage, including a 2005 Alexander ALX400-bodied Dennis Trident in the colours of Walsall Corporation Transport pre-1969. NCT’s Mark Fowles in New Years Honours List – Nottingham City Transport’s (NCT’s) former- MD, Mark Fowles, has […]

CILT focuses on driver shortage in report

A report by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) has revealed reasons behind the driver shortage. The CILT survey finds the reasons behind the driver shortages are: unsociable hours, poor industry image, long hours, sub-standard facilities and poor wages. The report said: “If these factors, as well as the ‘other’ responses, show the […]


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