Ride and drive event a success for CPT visitors

first_imgTheConfederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) North Weald Ride-and-Drive event with a barbecue on 25 July was a great success.Open to non-members as well, nearly 200 operators turned up, and were greeted by 18 coaches and buses to test.The event was supported by 12 manufacturers and dealers which provided the vehicles: ADL, Arriva Bus and Coach, Dawson Rentals, EvoBus, Irizar UK, King Long, MAN, Moseley PCV, Optare, Plaxton, Scania and Volvo. In addition CPT member Wild Stretch Limos sent a stretched Hummer for operators to drive and there was a Formula 1 Mercedes Simulator.The event also raised 1,000 for the Essex and Hertfordshire Air Ambulance.last_img

Asking difficult questions

first_imgWhy don’t bus services connect better with trains? 
Is public transport good value for money?
 Has better air quality dropped off the agenda?
These are three of the key questions that will be addressed by a two-day conference, networking event and exhibition being staged this summer in Nottingham.With the keynote address being provided by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, it will also include the rare chance to hear from speakers including controversial taxi company Uber, and Community Transport Association CEO Bill Freeman.Intermodal, on 21-22 June at the Nottingham Conference Centre, is expected to attract considerable attention because it covers all transport modes under one roof, and has high-quality presenters.Intermodal uses the Midlands as a backdrop for case studies on bus, tram and rail integration strategies and the implementation of the latest technologies, as well as exploring good practice from other UK cities and overseas.The first day includes presentations about wireless inductive charging and fuel cell technology, alongside a debate on ‘where next for the UK bus market’ including senior figures from Wellglade, Stagecoach, National Express, Systra, ADL and Optare.The role of community transport will also be under the spotlight, alongside a panel debate about how devolution will change transport dynamics.Uber GM Mathieu Proust will argue that Uber is “complementary, not competition,” while David Sidebottom of independent watchdog Transport Focus will set out what passengers really want.In total, there is a choice of 48 debates, case studies and presentations, delivered by 63 speakers and panel guests.The event is supported by a number of partners, including Keolis. Alistair Gordon, CEO of Keolis UK, says: “The challenges facing urban and regional transport are critical to cities’ prosperity. From our experience, a platform for this growth can only come through the development of efficient integrated networks – that is why we are delighted to support this important event and share our expertise.”Details at www.mainspring.co.uk/i-modal/last_img read more

‘Try a full-sized coach…’

first_imgI recorded this programme and the views of the countryside are absolutely stunning. My colleagues and I have visited this area many times over the years with mainly hill walkers, and have seen what the weather can bring.The Arriva driver has it lucky as he has only a little Solo. He wants to try a full-sized coach on those narrow roads and meet someone towing a large caravan or a motor home, perhaps even another bus or coach.Ian Ashman,A&J Coaches,Washington Tyne & Wearlast_img

DfT changes bus pass law

first_imgThe Government has announced that disabled and older people in England will continue to benefit “for years to come” from free off-peak bus travel under the continuation of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS).The legislation has been amended so that it no longer needs to be reviewed every five years.The scheme, which provides free travel on off-peak services in England for passengers aged over 65 or with a disability, was established in 2007.last_img

Transdev crowns Amazing Award winners

first_imgTransdev celebrated its colleagues across Yorkshire and Lancashire at its annual awards.The Rising Star award went to Lee Wardle, Rochdale Bus Station; Mohsin Malek was crowned Eco Champion; Lifetime Star was Sheraz Chopdat; Team of the Year was The 36 Driving Team; Hero of the Year was driver Mick Cummings; Depot of the Year was awarded to the Rochdale Rosso depot team; Keighley Bus Company driver Stephanie Graham was awarded the Customer Choice Award; Engineer of the Year was presented to Barry Stewart; and Rossodriver Fungai Mbavarira was crowned Driver of the Year.last_img

Seven-month extension to some DCPC expiry dates

first_imgDriver CPC (DCPC) cards that expire between 1 February and 31 August have been granted a seven-month extension to their validity, the government has announced.New cards to reflect a revised date of expiry will not be issued and existing cards must still be carried. The extension will be applied automatically. 35 hours’ periodic training must be completed by the new expiry date if the card is to be renewed.All EU member states “are obliged to recognise the extension” of DCPC cards, the Department for Transport and DVSA say. The change is a result of a temporary alteration to an EU Regulation to take account of disruption caused by the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.In an associated change, DVSA says it will now carry out enforcement action against drivers between 1 September and 30 September if their DCPC card expires in that period.That is a revision of its earlier position. DVSA previously said that no enforcement action would be taken against those drivers, which would have given them up to an additional 29 days to complete DCPC training.Instead, DVSA says there are now enough training courses available to enable drivers whose DCPC card expires in September to renew it in sufficient time.last_img read more

Rotala invests in Thermo Fogger disinfection

first_imgRotala has invested in Thermo Fogger disinfection equipment from Ionic Systems at each of its depots.The group says that the units allow every coach or bus to begin its service day completely sanitised and virus free.The Ionic Systems units allows disinfection to be accomplished quickly and cost effectively. Using ‘fogging’, the vehicle is sanitised in under three minutes. Disinfectant is volumised within the unit, and the fine mist then settles on every surface. It remains effective against coronavirus COVID-19 and other viruses and bacteria for more than 24 hours.Rotala says that over and above the speed of delivery, a principle benefit of Ionic’s Thermo Fogger unit is that the application leaves no area untouched. The disinfectant it uses is fabric friendly.Rotala CEO Simon Dunn adds: “Public transport is an essential service that meets many social, economic and environmental needs.“This investment shows our clear commitment to passenger and driver safety. It is a clear signal that it is possible for proactive operators to take steps to assure people that it is safe to use public transport and give them the confidence to do so.”last_img read more

Manchester bus franchising close after consultation support

first_imgBus franchising in Greater Manchester now looks likely after the publication of reports that show significant support – both for the proposals themseleves, and for not delaying a decision about whether they go ahead until more is known about the impact of COVID-19.The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) will consider reports and other documents on 23 March. At that special meeting, leaders will decide whether to ask Mayor Andy Burnham to authorise franchising.Mr Burnham will make his decision no earlier than 25 March. GMCA has already been recommended to request that he goes ahead with franchising. However, within days of GMCA publishing the reports, Stagecoach announced that it had submitted an application for a Judicial Review of the second of two consultations of franchising proposals.Positive response to Manchester bus franchising proposalsThat second consultation was called to consider COVID-19’s impact on the proposals. A 680-page report into both exercises, issued on 12 March, shows that of 12,533 responses, 86% to the first consultation supported the introduction of franchising. For the second consultation, the figure was 82%.A separate report from GMCA Chief Executive Eamonn Boylan to GMCA members ahead of the 23 March meeting details the positions taken by selected operators in the two consultations, including those that responded but which are not currently active in the Greater Manchester market.Supporters of the introduction of franchising among those are Abellio, Keolis, RATP Dev, Transdev Blazefield and Warrington’s Own Buses.Transdev Blazefield responded to both consultations. It changed its position in the second exercise to one of support from an earlier neutral stance.To that second response, Transdev Blazefield added that it is willing to work with GMCA and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) under whichever structure is adopted. It also stressed the importance of collaborative working to focus on short-term network recovery.GNW also changes position on Manchester bus franchisingAdditionally, Go North West (GNW) – having opposed the proposed franchising scheme in its response to the first consultation – revised its position in the later exercise. It now advocates partnership working in the short term with subsequent ‘direct award’ contracts to the incumbent operator to begin a move towards full franchising.While some operators. including Rotala, First Bus and Stagecoach, are vehemently against franchising in Manchester, others support the proposalsIn response to that stance, Mr Boylan’s report notes that TfGM’s legal view “is that it will not be permissible to ‘direct award’ all of the franchise contracts during transition on the basis proposed by GNW.”In its first response, GNW noted that it is not opposed in principle to regulatory interventions in bus networks where the framework and environment deliver the right outcomes.First Bus, Rotala and Stagecoach strongly oppose franchising. Mr Boylan also highlights a submission from Belle Vue Manchester. It responded to the first consultation by stating its belief that the proposed franchising scheme would be “unfair” to smaller operators.GMCA ‘committed to small and medium operators in franchising’GMCA remains committed to involving small- and medium-sized operators in franchising if it proceeds, Mr Boylan’s report states. It proposes to create around 25 “small franchises” – with a total PVR of around 140 – and up to 300 “schools resource contracts” to enable those businesses to bid.Between five and 10 “large franchises” – with a total PVR of approximately 1,250 – also form part of the proposals. Procurement of the smaller contracts would be “simpler and less onerous” than for the larger agreements, GMCA says. Warrington’s Own Buses’ response included comments that SMEs should also be able to bid for larger franchises.If Mr Burnham decides to proceed with franchising, three sub-areas during the transition period would be created:A: Services running within and from the north west of Greater ManchesterB: Services running within and from the north east of Greater ManchesterC: Services running in the south of Greater Manchester, as well as some services crossing over from the north east.Subject to the timing of the decision, GMCA says the first franchised services could start running in sub-area A in 2023; in sub-area B in 2024; and in sub-area C in 2025.Move towards reregulation a ‘complex and long process’Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has the ultimate say on whether franchising goes ahead but GMCA has already recommended it doesDeputy Mayor for Business and Economy Sir Richard Leese accepts that introducing franchising would be “a complex and long process” and that GMCA still “needs to consider the outcome of the consultations and decide if it wants to [recommend franchising] to the Mayor.”However, Mr Leese adds that “it has been clear for a long time that [Greater Manchester’s] buses could be better.” He also claims that the region’s bus network “has been broken for over 30 years.”Bus franchising is key to GMCA’s aspiration for an integrated and simplified public transport network. In considering whether now is an appropriate time to decide about franchising, the consultation report found that:There is substantial support for taking a decision now, from local authorities, academic institutions and the public – but some respondents suggested that a decision should be delayed until more is known about the impact of COVID-19GMCA’s objectives for the bus market remain the right onesDespite the uncertainty of the current situation, the use of scenario-based analysis in the COVID-19 impact report enables a decision to be taken with a good understanding of thatThe flexibility of the proposed franchising scheme would also work across a number of different scenarios and a range of outcomesFurther information becoming available on COVID-19 would not fundamentally alter the uncertainty around the pandemic or provide more evidence for decision making.last_img read more

Mishawaka KFC employee allegedly steals customer’s credit card number, uses it to purchase roller…

first_img Facebook Mishawaka KFC employee allegedly steals customer’s credit card number, uses it to purchase roller skates (Photo Supplied/ABC 57) A KFC employee has been arrested after allegedly using a customer’s credit card to purchase roller skates.The victim told police they visited the fast food restaurant on Bittersweet Road on April 24, and used a Discover card to pay for their food.The next day, the victim noticed an $85.42 Amazon purchase on their card for a pair of roller skates. ABC 57 reports that’s when they filed a police report with the St. Joseph County Police Department.Police interviewed KFC employee Alexis Hill on June 26, and she admitted to writing down the victim’s credit card number and using it to purchase the skates.She was arrested and booked on Wednesday, and is awaiting an arraignment set for Thursday afternoon. By Brooklyne Beatty – October 10, 2019 0 907 Facebook IndianaLocalNews Google+ WhatsApp Pinterestcenter_img Google+ TAGSAlexis HillamazonApril 24Bittersweet Roadcredit cardDiscoveremployeefast foodKFCMishawakaroller skates Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleProsecutor: No fetal remains from Klopfer case discovered in St. Joseph CountyNext articleUPDATE: One arrested for St. Joseph, Michigan YMCA bomb threat Brooklyne Beattylast_img read more

Grenade launcher and grenades found at Elkhart County dump

first_imgIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Grenade launcher and grenades found at Elkhart County dump By Tommie Lee – October 27, 2019 0 572 Google+ Google+ Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Twitter (Photo supplied/Elkhart Truth) There was an interesting find at the Elkhart County Landfill on Thursday.The bomb squad had to make an appearance to remove grenades and a grenade launcher that had been thrown away. There’s no word on where police think the devices may have come from.Elkhart County Commissioner Mike Yoder posted on Facebook that the owners are welcome to come forward and contact the sheriff to “discuss things” WhatsApp Previous articleSt. Joseph County considering voting centersNext articleRescued horse dies Tommie Lee Facebooklast_img read more