Johnson Bros halves coach idling with ’15-minute rule’

first_imgNottinghamshire-based independent Johnson Bros Tours is using a cloud-based tracking system to manage and control excessive idling for its 150-strong coach fleet.Says Lee Johnson of the firm, which also operates under the Redfern Travel brand: “Vehicle idling has a direct impact on your bottom line and just by reducing the average idling time of each vehicle by a few minutes per day – up to 50% in our case – you can save a significant amount in fuel usage and long-term maintenance.“Clearly, there is also a positive impact on the environment, because less fuel burned, adds up to less CO2 being pumped into the atmosphere.”Installed by fleet management software designers, AGM routeMASTER, the onboard telematics control system has a multi-functional tracking device which is programmed to monitor each vehicle.George Western of AGM routeMASTER explains: “All our tracking systems monitor vehicle idling, but in this case we have configured the software to monitor and send an automatic alert to the traffic office when any vehicle has been idling for 15 minutes.“This is an instant, real-time email and/or SMS and enables the relevant manager to take immediate corrective action.”Adds Mr Johnson: “The 15-minute rule works well for us.“And it’s made possible by using an effective but simple tool. Quickly and easily installed, with a surprisingly fast return on investment. Certainly, we would not be without it.”In addition to managing excessive engine idling, producing traffic updates and looking after vehicle scheduling, the routeMASTER system allows Johnson Bros to track the speed and location of every coach in the fleet, whatever its location throughout Europe.routeMASTER is a cloud-based modular toolset, created by AGM Telematics , which comprises three components: Planner, Dispatch and Tracking. Each module can be used individually or together to provide an end-to-end logistics back-office solution.Automatic alert sent to traffic office after vehicle has been idling for 15 minutesThe entire routeMASTER platform is built on the latest ‘Here’ premium mapping platform, with maps updated automatically every quarter and all software updates are free for the life of the system.last_img read more

Lothian raise money for guide dogs

first_imgStaff at Lothian Buses have helped raise £15,000 for Guide Dogs Scotland which will support the care and training of three new Guide Dog puppies.Lothian Buses employees present the cheque for £15,000 to Guide Dogs ScotlandThe money has been raised through a range of charity events held by the company over the last year. The money will fund the sponsorship of three new puppies who have each been given unique bus-related names chosen by staff and customers of Lothian Buses.Other fundraising events across the year included a charity calendar, a sponsored cycle from John O’Groats to Land’s End, a sportsman breakfast, bake sale, charity football match and raffle.last_img read more

LTCOA: Next steps in London

first_imgA productive meeting with Deputy Mayor Val Shawcross has improved the relationship with coaches, but more needs to be done on our side, writes Peter BradleyVal Shawcross appears to understand the issues operators faceRepresentatives from the London Tourist Coach Action Plan (TCAP) Board, including the LTCOA and Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT), met with Val Shawcross, Deputy Mayor for Transport recently.It was a fruitful meeting and, in my opinion, moved the relationship forward.However, I cannot stress the enormity of the issues facing the Mayor and TfL, including significant population growth, which makes the business of improving facilities for coaches in our capital city even more challenging.My take on the meeting was that the Deputy Mayor recognises the importance of coaches in London, especially their role in bringing in tourists to our capital city.She encouraged a refresh of the Tourist Coach Action Plan, once the final Mayor’s Transport Strategy document is issued, and to seek technological improvements in moving forward the issues of parking.She, I believe, understands the challenges the industry faces in complying with the new requirements for the proposed changes to the ULEZ.We could do moreHowever, I also took away a number of issues that we, the industry, could do ourselves to move things forward.Firstly, I would encourage coach operators who regularly come into London to join a trade body if you are not already a member of one. The more members we have, the greater weight we will have when representing operators in meetings or when responding to consultations.If you are a member, we would be so grateful if you could participate in association meetings and get involved. Working collectively is so much more powerful than being a lone voice.Secondly, I would like to encourage those operators, who do not already do so, to ensure that their drivers plan their journeys into London; where they will set down and pick up, where they can park, and to have sufficient funds to pay for it. They should also have a plan B in mind.Thirdly, when consultations are issued, either respond yourself or work with those who represent you to ensure that the challenges you will specifically face are understood and documented. Having facts at our fingertips is so much more powerful than general impressions.Coaches ‘annoying’Unfortunately, whether we like it or not, there is a general feeling from local authorities that coaches annoy residents and those working in London by:Parking in inconsiderate places where spaces are available elsewhereRunning engines when it is not necessaryNot paying for their parking.That may be very unfair, but while those authorities still give examples of this behaviour, it makes it so much more difficult for trade bodies to respond. We need your help to get rid of that perception, so we can put our hand on our hearts and say it is not our members that are the perpetrators.Now please don’t get me wrong. I fully support the coach industry and I am working tirelessly to represent you in all the good that it does and to get better facilities.However, London is busier and more complicated than it has ever been, and we have to work with stakeholders who are elected to represent those who live in our capital city.I believe that by working with them we will achieve more; by working against them (however tempting that may be) I doubt we will achieve anything.last_img read more

London’s electric fleet is biggest in Europe

first_imgLondon’s electric bus fleet is officially the largest in Europe, with over 200 delivered and more on the way.The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, launched double-deck buses on routes 43 and 134 last week (5 September), saying: “London’s toxic air is a shameful health crisis which is causing premature deaths and stunting the growth of children’s lungs.“As part of our work to tackle the harmful emissions we breathe and to help tackle the climate emergency, I am proud to announce the first two routes which will exclusively use electric double-deck buses.”All 12 of the Low Emission Bus Zones the Mayor promised in his manifesto have been delivered, ahead of the 2020 deadline.Mr Khan adds: “This is part of our £300m plan to transform London’s entire bus fleet, which is set to reduce bus NOx emissions London-wide by an average of 90 per cent by October 2020.“City Hall are doing everything in our power to improve our air.”Metroline operates routes 43 and 134 using both BYD ADL Enviro400EVs and Optare Metrodecker EVs.Metroline’s CEO Sean O’Shea says: “Metroline has made a substantial investment and commitment to electric buses, making the UK’s largest single order.“With the launch of London’s first exclusively-electric double deck routes, which will carry around 18.5 million people across the capital a year, we will continue making real progress in improving air quality in the capital.”last_img read more

ADL recognised for Bus Safety Standard work

first_imgAlexander Dennis (ADL) has been recognised for supporting London’s Bus Safety Standard with the Award for Collaboration at the 2019 Transport for London (TfL) Supplier Awards.ADL worked with the Transport Research Laboratory, commissioned by TfL to research and develop the Bus Safety Standard.It shared insights on its existing and ongoing research into safety, made vehicles available for testing and undertook significant development work. It is the first supplier to delivery batches of buses with multiple Bus Safety Standard features.last_img read more

Bradford Clean Air Zone consultation launched

first_imgCity of Bradford Metropolitan District Council (CBMDC) has opened a consultation into the city’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ) plans. The CAZ will capture coaches and buses that do not meet Euro VI standards. Its anticipated ‘go live’ date is October 2021.The Bradford Clean Air Zone is defined largely as the area within the A6177 ring road, but it will also extend north along the A650 towards Cottingley.A daily charge of £50 will be levied on coaches and buses that do not satisfy Euro VI. CBMDC has proposed that some non-compliant coaches subject to the CAZ will be eligible for grants of up to £20,000 each towards replacement or exhaust retrofit.The consultation additionally solicits views on proposed exemptions for coaches that are operated by SMEs based in Bradford district and for coaches that are undertaking “educational or charity work” within the CAZ.For buses, grants of up to £18,750 per vehicle are planned to help fund the replacement, retrofit or “refuel” of non-compliant stock. All financial support is subject to government approval.A questionnaire that is specific to coach and bus operators is part of the consultation. It asks for feedback on a variety of topics relevant to the CAZ, including the above allocation of funding to support a transition to Euro VI. The consultation closes on 27 March.CBMDC and the Confederation of Passenger Transport have arranged a drop-in session for coach and bus operators to discuss the proposals. It will be held on Thursday 5 March between 1130-1300hrs in Committee Room 3 at Bradford City Hall.CBMDC says it is working closely with Leeds City Council to try to ensure that as far as possible, its proposals align with plans for a CAZ in Leeds. Doing that “will help road users in both districts by having common standards.”last_img read more

Euro Bus Expo and routeone Awards postponed to 2022

first_imgEuro Bus Expo has been postponed to 1-3 November 2022, event organiser Diversified Communications UK has announced. The decision has been made after consultation with show exhibitors, partners and visitors and it will see the coach and bus trade show return to its usual two-yearly date cycle at the NEC Birmingham.Diversified says that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic’s far-reaching impact on the industry has led to the move and that extensive stakeholder feedback was central to its decision. That engagement suggested that Euro Bus Expo should be postponed by a further year.The organiser adds that the new dates will allow the industry to focus on recovery while delivering planning security and maintaining trend-based buying cycles.Event Director Helen Conway says that the decision to postpone the event was difficult given the show of support from stakeholders. “Over 90% of exhibitors and visitors rated Euro Bus Expo as being important to their business in a survey completed over the past two weeks. The confidence in our events and their standing within the industry places emphasis on the importance of meeting our stakeholders’ expectations.”In addition to the postponement of Euro Bus Expo, the routeone Awards have also been rescheduled. They will next be held on Wednesday 2 November 2022.The move, which follows similar announcements from other major trade events in the sector, is supported by show partner, the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK.CEO Graham Vidler says: “Euro Bus Expo is the industry’s premier trade event that offers a great opportunity to bring the industry together. However, with the pandemic continuing to affect the coach and bus sector, we fully support our partners at Diversified Communications in having to make this difficult but most sensible decision to postpone the event until November 2022.”The decision to postpone Euro Bus Expo by 12 months to November 2022 was influenced by extensive stakeholder feedback, organiser saysHelen Conway adds that Euro Bus Expo and the routeone Awards will return next year “with a new energy and the confidence that they will be safe, economically feasible, well-attended and live up to their enviable reputation.“Expect an impressive Euro Bus Expo 2022, rich in innovation and on a size and scale that represents the industry, and a prestigious routeone Awards that recognise the commendable work happening across the sector.“We thank all of our exhibitors and partners for their patience, continued support and commitment.”www.eurobusxpo.comlast_img read more

INDOT hosting statewide hiring fair in Elkhart Wednesday

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleHit and Run Injures 17 year old Nappanee Girl Riding Her BikeNext articleNew Michigan grants targeting elderly abuse Brooklyne Beatty TAGSElkharteventfairfull-timehiringIndiana Department of TransportationINDOTOctober 16positionsseasonalstatewideWednesday WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Logo provided by INDOT Are you looking for a job? The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is planning to hire for more than 100 positions.INDOT will host a statewide hiring fair this Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Elkhart Sub District on County Road 9.INDOT is hoping to recruit candidates for both winter seasonal and full-time positions.Seasonal positions run from November through March, with a starting pay of $16 per hour. INDOT is offering a $250 sign-on and $500 retention bonus for eligible candidates.Those planning to attend the fair are encouraged to apply online prior to Wednesday by visiting www.indotjobs.com. Applicants should have proof of a commercial driver’s license (CDL), and a high school diploma or GED is preferred. Twittercenter_img Twitter Google+ Facebook Google+ IndianaLocalNews By Brooklyne Beatty – October 15, 2019 0 500 INDOT hosting statewide hiring fair in Elkhart Wednesdaylast_img read more

14 November Industry Council

first_imgMINISTERS backed a Commission communication highlighting the need for European firms to carry out bench-marking to match the competitiveness of rivals. A resolution called on the Commission and governmentsto identify further areas where bench-marking should be used, and encourage the joint launch of pilot projects. A separate resolution focused on the importance of the car industry as a key sector and said the onus should be on the industry itself to maintain its recent restructuring, although governments should provide the right environment. COMPETITION Commissioner Karel van Miert failed to convince ministers that the Commission’s powers to scrutinise large, cross-border mergers and joint ventures should be increased. Seven countries opposed Van Miert’s mostambitious proposal for lowering the company turnover thresholds used to trigger Commission investigations. The chances of approval for Van Miert’sfall-back proposal – under which deals affecting at least three countries would be handled by the Commission – also look slim, said diplomats.VAN MIERT shrugged off opposition from some countries and promised to pursue proposals to streamline and improve the scrutiny of state subsidies. Spain, together with Greece and Portugal, refused to accept a resolution giving political backing for the reform of the subsidy rules. But Van Miert took a Council conclusion noting the Commission’s plans as an indication of broad backing for his initiative. Ministers refused to accept the detailed four-page resolution spelling out the changes envisaged by Van Miert. The call for stricter state aid control has been pushed by the Irish presidency and is aimed at ensuring bigger, richer countries, such as France and Germany, do not outbid smaller, poorer countries on help offered to companies.SPENDING on the third action programme for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) was fixed by ministers at 127 million ecu, 53 million less than the original Commission proposal. Debate was fierce, with both Germany and the UK demanding a 120-million-ecu budget for the three-year programme to 2000. In a parallel move, ministers called on governments to do their utmost to promote small business in order to boost growth and job creation. Governments should simplify the administrative burden on small firms and make it easier for them to pluginto Commission programmes, added the resolution.last_img read more

Further delay over ‘miracle’ goods report

first_imgAfter 18 months of cajoling, officials have now received the necessary information from almost all EU governments on their experience of such products.But Italy has yet to reply, although Rome says it hopes to do so by the end of April.Linguistic and other problems with an independent study on miracle products in the EU’s three newest member states (Austria, Finland and Sweden) have caused additional delays. Officials also claim that the reorganisation of the Directorate-General for consumer affairs (DGXXIV) as it takes over responsibility for food safety issues from DGVI (agriculture) has not helped matters, diverting attention away from the problem.“I think we are going to be forgotten,” said one long-suffering official who has worked on the report for more than 18 months.Officials in DGXXIV, who had hoped to complete their study by the end of this month, now have no idea when they will be able to finish it. When it does appear, the report will give an overview of how vulnerable EU consumers are exploited by the makers of such products and consider ways to tackle the issue.Examples of false claimsmade by manufacturers include promises of baldness cures, instant sex appeal, or dramatic weight loss. “They are taking advantage of the trauma some consumers face,” said the official.Although a 1984 EU directive on ‘false’ advertising should, in theory, have been put on to national statute books across the Union by now, the picture is unclear in many member states.Commission officials say the problem is most acute in southern member states such as Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and parts of France.last_img read more