London’s ULEZ began this week, charging non-Euro VI coaches £100 a day to reach the former Congestion Charging zone. The scheme, brought forward 18 months by Mayor Sadiq Khan, has proven controversial (see London Latest, this issue), with some Euro VI coaches registered in 2015 still not on the Transport for London database, and Euro […]
Go G VIP won the Coach of the Year award at the UK Coach Rally in Blackpool. See this week’s issue for the full list of winners and coverage of the event.
Logan’s Executive Travel of Dunloy in County Antrim is the launch customer for the new version of Plaxton’s Elite. Two-axle versions of the Elite are now available on the Volvo B8R chassis. Logan’s has taken ten of them for the 2019 season. The first of these new coaches were shown at the UK Coach Rally […]
Conwy-based Abacab Coaches has been bought by Alpine Travel of Llandudno. Abacab has a fleet of luxury coaches, specialising in private hire. The family-run company was founded in 1987. The takeover facilitates the retirement of Abacab owners, Chris and Denise Jones. The Abacab fleet consists of five vehicles, all of which have been acquired along […]
UPDATED: See DVSA statement below The DVLA has declared a three-week amnesty on tachograph offences on new coaches after calibration engineers were issued with faulty equipment. The calibration issue surfaced this week as dealerships sought to deliver new vehicles. According to one source, the calibration cards issued to testers will only calibrate new ‘smart’ […]
Cambridgeshire-based community transport organisation, Fenland Association for Community Transport (FACT) and allied CTOs ESACT and HACT, are to no longer run PSV operator services. FACT’s former manager, Jo Philpott, is the subject of a police investigation which has seen emails seized from computers. The organisation issued a statement concerning the inquiry: “Fenland community transport provider […]
Coach operators could be among those who benefit from an increase in visitors to UK tourist attractions. In its latest figures, the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) announced an average increase of 8.68% on 2017 visits to UK attractions. Attractions in Scotland saw the biggest increase of 19.07%. Overall, 138m visits were made to […]
Arriva’s demand responsive ride-sharing minibus service, ArrivaClick, is to come to Leicester. Following a partnership with landowner, the Drummond Estate, Arriva is set to introduce ArrivaClick to the residents of New Lubbesthorpe on the outskirts of Leicester from 29 April 2019. This is thought to be the first time in the UK that funding from […]