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Stagecoach threatens legal action against Welsh Government

The operator claims impending concessionary fare cuts do not comply with EU law

Stagecoach has threatened a legal challenge over plans by the Welsh Government to make changes to the country’s concessionary travel scheme. Read More »

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iDBUS expands and enhances network from Victoria

iDBUS, SNCF’s premium longdistance coach service is launching a new route between London, Brussels and Amsterdam.

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Hydrogen buses arrival marks milestone in Aberdeen project

Four of the 10 vehicles in Europe’s largest hydrogen fuel cell bus fleet are unveiled

The Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project marked a major milestone last Wednesday with the unveiling of the first vehicles of Europe’s largest hydrogen bus fleet.

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The Budget for coaches and buses

Highlights include a £500m grant in Cambridge, another fuel duty freeze and a rolling tax exemption for heritage vehicles

In the 2014 Budget, released on Wednesday, March 19, Chancellor George Osborne announced several developments which will effect the coach and bus industry.

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New standards for driver trainers

The Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced a new grading structure for Approved Driving Instructors. Instructors will be graded as Pass, Grade B or Grade A with A being the highest level of competence.

The old Check Test will be replaced from April 7 by a new Standards Check that focuses on whether an instructor is delivering training that meets the National Standard for Driver and Rider Training.

Driver trainers will be seen at least once every four years, and those who consistently fail to meet the standards will be removed from the register.

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HCT offers Safety for all

First Use Checks

HCT Group’s simple
and visual guide to
First Use Checks has
boosted compliance

First use checks, the daily walk around and examination process required of all PCV drivers, are a very important requirement and yet many drivers fail to interpret the significance of being diligent in this area.

HCT Group, which employs driving staff from across a wide spectrum of the population, said it had found the wording of guidance on daily checks to be confusing to many of its staff and so it has created a booklet written in easy to understand language complete with photographs which give a clear visual indication of what is required. Since its adoption, the rate of compliance has increased substantially.

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DfT launches bus service registration consultation

Trent Barton’s Red Arrow

The competition between trent barton’s Red Arrow and Yourbus’ Citylink on the Nottingham to Derby corridor is a good example of the ‘sustained head-to-head competition’ the Competition Commission is looking to encourage

Consultation concerns potential changes to legislation to follow Competition Commission recommendations on bus competition remedies.

The DfT has launched a consultation seeking views on the government’s preferred approach to implementing the Competition Commission’s (CC) recommendations relating to the registration of local bus services in England and Wales.

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Dickson ceases trading in wake of concessionary fares scam discovery

Transport Scotland had genuine cause to suspect a fraud or frauds were being perpetrated

Transport Scotland had genuine cause to suspect a fraud or frauds were being perpetrated

Lack of co-operation with a Transport Scotland investigation raises suspicions of professional competence.

Traffic Commissioner (TC) for Scotland, Joan Aitken, has disqualified Steward Dickson, trading as Dickson of Erskine, for an indefinate period of time. The decision was reached without Public Inquiry (PI).

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Ebdons Tours O-licence is suspended

The company was slow to correct issues with loose wheel nuts

The company was slow to correct issues with loose wheel nuts

A Transport Manager has been warned that his repute is unlikely to survive another appearance at Public Inquiry (PI) after he was reported for neglecting his O-licence duties and disqualified from carrying out MOTs.

Traffic Commissioner (TC) Nick Denton told Peter Lewis, a partner of Ebdons Tours, that his repute had been ‘battered’ by the evidence presented at the PI in Eastbourne.

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London Transport Awards mark 11th year on March 6

The awards were quite quiet for London’s buses, which saw little recognition beyond recent technological developments

The awards were quite quiet for London’s buses, which saw little recognition beyond recent technological developments

The 11th annual London Transport Awards took place on Thursday, March 6.

Hosted by radio & television presenter Gyles Brandreth, the awards saw 500 transport professionals gather at the ceremony held at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London.

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