RHA Coaches issues new policy document

The RHA has today launched its vision for a better future for the coach sector. The policy – developed with RHA Coaches members – focuses on driving change in six key areas: Covid recovery, the environment, accessibility, recruitment, image of the industry and road infrastructure.

The announcement comes after the RHA published a video featuring operators such as Jason Edwards, of Edwards Coaches of South Wales, explaining why they have joined the association.

RHA Chief Executive, Richard Burnett said the policy sets the agenda for the Association’s campaigns to secure the best deal for the industry: “Coaches play a vital role in the transport sector but many operators feel they’re taken for granted and dismissed by government.

“They came to us because they needed a voice so we’ve worked together to articulate their concerns and set out a vision to support them through Covid recovery and beyond. Our coaches policy gives us a solid foundation to press government for positive change to help our sector thrive.”

Key points on the six policy areas:

  • Covid recovery: Government should promote coaches as safe travel and offer financial support which supports long-term viability of the industry.
  • The environment: Government must support coach industry through transition to alternative fuels.
  • Accessibility: PSVAR must focus on journeys rather than vehicles.
  • Recruitment: Introduce lower age limits to encourage more young drivers into the industry.
  • Industry image: Promote the industry as a key economic driver.
  • Roads: Better roadside facilities for drivers and improved coordination of roadworks.

Download the full policy document HERE

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