Arriva North East showcases Sapphire

Arriva North East has put 13 Sapphire buses on routes 1, 5 and 5A between Darlington and Bishop Auckland.The buses have a new livery, e-leather seating, USB ports, free wi-fi and audio/visual next stop announcements.Members of Tees Valley Combined Authority, Darlington Council and Durham Council were invited to Redworth Hall where they were able to enjoy an exclusive tour of the one of the new buses. Arriva North East Area MD Nick Knox says: “We are delighted to be bringing the new and improved Sapphire brand to Darlington and Bishop Auckland.“These brand new buses offer customers a new and improved experience, we are confident that customers will be delighted with the new enhancements.”Bishop Auckland is the second area in North East is to operate the brand new premium buses which represent an investment of over £2.2m read more

Seven-day suspension for failing to spot defects

first_imgVehicle maintenance problems have resulted in the 19-vehicle international licence held by Ross-on-Wye based George Young’s Coaches being suspended for seven days by Traffic Commissioner (TC) Nick Denton.The firm had been called before the TC who was also considering the repute of Transport Manager (TM) Gwendoline Young – one of the Directors – at a Birmingham Public Inquiry.The TC said that Vehicle Examiner (VE) Wayne Bird had reported that drivers had been failing to detect defects and some defects had been reported on successive days.Some vehicles had also exceeded the eight-week inspection period, it being said that they were off the road during the school holidays. There was a poor annual test pass rate of 20%. On 15 November a fuel pipe fault allowed gas to escape into the vehicle and a number of pupils became ill. In May part of a door fell off. The driver picked it up and placed it behind his seat and then carried on driving pupils. Director Kevin Young had stated that the driver had moved the pupils to the back of the bus in order to get them to school expeditiously and the driver had received a verbal warning.Mr Young said that he had taken a lot of advice from the VE and had implemented a lot of it.  Fully documented gate checks were now carried out. The driver disciplinary system had probably not been as good as it should have been. Asked what the drivers’ profile was, he replied: “It could be described as Dad’s Army.” The maintenance contractor had now been asked to give them a full explanation of any annual test failures.The school and not the driver had reported the November incident. The driver had claimed that he was unaware of what had occurred, saying that the pupils had not said anything.  When he subsequently visited the school, one of the Governors had said he thought the pupils had overreacted. He thought that deep potholes along the route had contributed to the pipe fracturing.His mother Gwendoline Young was 82 years old but was fit and well. He thought she would be prepared to go on a refresher course. Ideally going forward, he would take over the TM’s role but would need to obtain his CPC first.   The TC commented that other work had not been recorded on tachograph charts. That was symptomatic of a TM who was not up to date. He had found more things wrong with the paperwork than she had in five years.He required undertakings that a new TM would be in place by 5 November and that vehicles would be roller brake tested every 12 weeks.Suspending the licence with effect from 29 October, the TC said that there had been five prohibitions in the last two years, one of which was ‘S’ marked. The driver defect reporting system had been dysfunctional. There had been some improvement of late but much more needed to be done.last_img read more

KB Coaches adds a Neoplan Tourliner to its fleet

first_imgKB Coaches, of Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, has added a Neoplan Tourliner P10 to its fleet, supplied by MAN Truck and Bus (01793 448000).It joins 11 other coaches from the MAN stable. Fittings include a centre sunken toilet, a drinks machine, an Eberspächer coolant pre-heater, a DVD player with twin screens, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, a heated driver’s seat and satellite navigation.Says KB Coaches Managing Director Andy Francis: “We have had a number of other MAN Neoplan coaches, and MANs supplied by BASE Coach Sales, in our fleet.“They offer great value for money and are cost-effective and efficient to run. Our clients like the well-appointed layout and touches such as the three-point belts and USB sockets at every seat.”last_img read more

Perry’s Coaches takes an EVM Elegance mini

first_imgPerry’s Coaches of Malton in North Yorkshire has taken delivery of a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter with an EVM Elegance conversion.22 Comfort Class seats with three-point belts and aisle side armrests are fitted. They are covered in Epengle wool mix moquette with synthetic leather headrest inserts. The rearmost seven are on quick release legs to allow them to be removed, giving a large luggage area. A Masats powered plug passenger door is included, behind which lies EVM’s three-stage step.Single-glazed side windows are part of the specification and the minicoach comes with an 8kW Eberspächer saloon air-conditioning unit.Saloon speakers are integrated into the passenger service units in the EVM Elegance for Perry’s Coaches and a reversing camera with a 7in touch-screen display is fitted. Single-glazed saloon windows in privacy grey are within the original apertures and hard-wearing Tarabus flooring is included.Power comes from a four-cylinder OM 651 engine developing 163bhp. It drives through a seven-speed 7G-Tronic automatic gearbox.www.evm.ielast_img read more

Mark Clissett appointed to head Woodall Nicholson Bus Division

first_imgMark Clissett has been appointed Divisional Managing Director of the Woodall Nicholson Bus Division, which includes Mellor and Treka Bus.As a well-established senior figure in the accessible minibus sector, Mark Clissett founded Treka Bus and grew the Brighouse business to prominence before selling it to Woodall Nicholson in 2017. He succeeds John Randerson, who has become Woodall Nicholson’s Chief Technology Officer. John leads the group’s newly created Technology Division, ProMech Technologies.Says Woodall Nicholson CEO Frank Barrett: “These appointments reveal the strength in depth nature of the team that we have within the company.“Mark’s experience in the accessible bus sector means that he transitions seamlessly into the Divisional MD’s role, where he will further develop our size-appropriate product range and, with his customer-focused background, will further cultivate our growing customer base.“John’s appointment is a reflection of the abundance of innovative and exciting technology that exists today in our existing products, and also in new products in advanced development. It is time for us to bring a sharper focus to our technical offering, to ensure that it delivers tangible benefits for our existing and new customers, and to ensure that technologies are fully optimised across all Woodall Nicholson brands.”last_img read more

South Bend school bus route changes are being delayed

first_img Previous articleIndiana DOR offers tips for 2020 tax seasonNext articleSome Michigan schools are hoping to start the school year a little earlier Tommie Lee WhatsApp Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Pinterest Google+ In this Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 photo buses await students at York Middle School in York, Maine. A shortage of school bus drivers in some communities in New England and across the country is causing headaches for school districts this fall. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) The red lights are flashing on the changes to South Bend’s School Bus routes.Monday was expected to be the beginning of changes for the routes, but now South Bend Schools Superintendent Todd Cummings says the expected changes won’t be implemented until the next school year.Cummings says collaboration between the board, parents in the district, and bus drivers has led to the a decision that everyone feels is in the best interest of the students. Some of the changes will be revisited over the summer, as well.A number of complaints were received about the planned changes, the latest in a series of setbacks for the department. Twitter IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Facebook By Tommie Lee – January 28, 2020 0 242 South Bend school bus route changes are being delayedlast_img read more

A lesson in brevity

first_imgThe Lord’s Prayer, he said, has 60 words; the Ten Commandments have 128; and the US Constitution 457, with an extra 142 words of subsequent amendments.On the other hand, arecent EU directive on the presentation and sale of certain types of products contained 29,547 words… Tasked with drawing up a parliamentary report on the Commission’s Simpler Legislation for the Internal Market (SLIM) programme, he kept his recommendations down to a very digestible ten paragraphs.This compares with a report dealt with just before Crowley’s at this month’s parliamentary plenary session in Strasbourg, which ran to 178 paragraphs.Crowley, who has become something of a fanatic about the need to cut the weight of words in EU legislation, gave his colleagues a graphic illustration of just how succinct it is possible to be.last_img read more

Union considers increasing pressure on Moscow over Latvia

first_imgRiga is expected to end its ‘window’ system of naturalisation, which imposes age restrictions on citizenship applications, and says it will automatically grant citizenship to Russian children born in Latvia after the country’s independence in 1991.The EU issued a statement earlier this month welcoming the move, claiming that it was “essential for the government’s programme to match fully the standards established by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe in this area”.But, at the time, it shied away from confronting Russia openly over the economic restrictions, opting instead for intensive behind-the-scenes diplomacy.Latvia’s ambassador to the EU Andris Piebalgs said this week that he believed relations between Moscow and Riga were improving. “At least we are now returning to dialogue,” he told European Voice. Although no formal declaration is expected, the Union may decide to break its relative public silence on the measures, imposed in protest at the plight of almost 700,000 ethnic Russians without citizenship in Latvia, at next month’s EU-Russia summit.Although Brussels has demanded improvements to Latvia’s nationality laws, it argues that Moscow’s stance is counter-productive.“Commissioner Hans van den Broek insisted that trade or economic measures against Latvia were not opportune to encourage the process,” said a Commission official following the recent meeting between Van Den Broek and Russian deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Avdeyev.last_img read more


first_imgItalian information technology and telecoms services company Olivetti’s plans to take control of Telecom Italia through a public bid were notified to the Commission on 17 March (OJ C84/2, 26 March).AT&T/IBM Global NetworkUS telecoms company AT&T notified the Commission on 18 March of its plans to acquire US computer giant IBM’s International Global Network (OJ C82/3, 25 March). Fyffes/CapespanEU fruit importer Fyffes plc and South Africa-based exporter Capespan Group Holdings Limited notified the Commission on 19 March of plans to take joint control of Capespan’s European importing unit Capespan International Holdings Limited (OJ C82/4, 25 March).last_img read more

MEPs turn screw on Rehn over enlargement

first_imgUK Conservative MEP Geoffrey van Orden, who drafted the Parliament’s position on Bulgaria, said the first version of the questions was drawn up without him and Pierre Moscovici (French Socialist rapporteur on Romania) being consulted and would have been “very negative”. He and Moscovici had insisted that the “tone and content” of the questions was changed, he said. MEPs will ask Rehn to confirm whether Romania and Bulgaria will be ready to join the EU at the end of 2006. They also want him to clarify the details of how safeguard measures might be used and whether there should be a three-year “close monitoring system” during which special measures could be invoked. He will be asked to explain the advantages and disadvantages of making recommendations on the timing of accession and necessary safeguard measures in May or in the autumn. Van Orden said that EU leaders should take a political decision on Romania and Bulgaria’s membership in June but that a decision on safeguards should be taken later in the year. “By November we will have a clearer idea if they need safeguards,” he said, adding: “There is nothing to be gained by sending out messages about delays.” Rehn warned Romania and Bulgaria recently about the need to make progress on reforming the judiciary, tackling corruption and organised crime. They should have a “credible track record of convictions” by the time the reports were drawn up in order to qualify to join in 2007, he said. He has also warned that they could lose part of the €6.4 billion a year they stand to receive in structural and farm support funds unless they get effective bodies to handle the funds up and running. German centre-right member Elmar Brok and the two MEPs who drafted the Parliament’s opinions on Romania and Bulgaria have drawn up five searching questions for Rehn. The commissioner’s appearance before the assembly comes as the Commission is drawing up its reports on whether the two countries have done enough to qualify for membership in 2007. The reports are to be presented on 16 May. Brok wanted to have a full debate and vote on a resolution next week. But this was rejected by the leaders of the Parliament’s main political groups who feared a divisive debate. They agreed instead to pose questions to the commissioner. But the two MEPs also fought Brok’s attempt to paint a very negative picture of the countries’ reform progress. last_img read more