CTTC Coach & Bus Show 2018 – Bigger, Busier and Better!

Coach Tourism & Transport Council

RDS Simmonscourt Pavilion, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Saturday & Sunday 17 & 18 November

A bigger and better event is on offer to visitors at the forthcoming Coach Tourism & Transport Council (CTTC) Coach & Bus Show 2018. Sponsored by Campion Insurance, the biennial exhibition is a multi-faceted event, showcasing the latest technology in vehicles and services, the staging of the Irish Coach Driver of the Year Competition and is a platform for a series of seminars on topical and current issues pertaining to today’s bus and coach industry. The highlight of the social aspect to the whole occasion is the Gala Dinner held on Saturday night at the Ballsbridge Hotel.

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Solutions for city-, countryside- and long-distance travel

Lion's Coach
Lion’s Coach

Coaches

The MAN coach family stands for outstanding technology and award-winning design, which certainly makes traveling a very comfortable experience.

MAN coaches − powerful comfort at an attractive price 

 

MAN Lions Intercity Ueberland
MAN Lions Intercity Ueberland

Interurban coaches

MAN interurban coaches provide powerful driving dynamics and an impressively cheerful interior − ideal for weekend trips, as well as long-distance journeys.

Interurban coaches − forceful dynamics for sustained best performance 

 

Lions City 2018
Lions City 2018

City buses

The new MAN Lion’s City was developed hand in hand with our customers and offers maximum economic efficiency as well as an all-round attractive package thanks to its numerous innovations inside and out: The newly developed city bus comes in a fresh design which not only gives it an attractive appearance but is also state-of-the-art in terms of economy, engine technology, driver’s workplace and safety.

MAN Lion’s City

 

EU fuel labelling: clearer information for consumers and operators

EU fuel labelling
EU fuel labelling

Today (October 15th), a new harmonized set of fuel labels will appear across Europe. They will give drivers better information on the suitability of fuels for their vehicles wherever they travel in the EU, helping them avoid misfuelling and informing on the environmental impact of their choice.

Alternative fuels can help reduce Europe’s air quality problems, much of which is caused by transport emissions. However, the growing diversity of fuels available on the European market means that drivers, businesses and fuel station operators need clearer information on fuels sold at filling stations  From now on, when customers arrive at a public filling station of any Member State, they will notice new EU-wide harmonized fuel symbols on fuel dispensers and fuel nozzles. The same harmonized, easy-to-read, clear and simple labels will also be compulsory for newly produced vehicles and will be shown on the fuel-filler caps. These new labels do not replace existing names and brands of fuels, nor quality, safety, and performance recommendations. The labels are based on industry standards and have been developed by European standardization bodies with the participation of industry, consumer and civil society representatives.

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World Professional Driver Championships 2018

Team Ireland at the World Professional Driver Championships 2018

The World Professional Driver Championships 2018, held in Ghent, Belgium from September 27th to 30th September 2018 and Ireland’s professional drivers have taken on the best in the world.

For the first time, Ireland was represented by a team of five who compete against twenty-two other countries. The competition tests the knowledge as well as the driving skills of the drivers. An Eco driving section is also being contested for in their C+E section by Team Ireland.
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Dismissal of “Moonlighting” LUAS Driver Deemed Fair by WRC

Luas
Luas

A tram driver has lost an unfair dismissal claim against Transdev, the operator of the LUAS tram network following an investigation into his activity outside work. Transdev used the services of a private investigator to confirm that the aggrieved employee had been driving a taxi licensed to his wife.

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A police crackdown on drivers with defective eyesight has been launched.

Drivers Eyesight

Every motorist stopped by officers from three forces in September will be required to read a number plate from 20m away.

Anyone who fails will have their driving licence immediately revoked.

Data from the tests will be used to improve understanding of the extent of poor driver vision.

The initiative is being run by forces in Thames Valley, Hampshire and the West Midlands, and is supported by road safety charity Brake and optician firm Vision Express.

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How to deal with tachograph failures

Smart Tachograph EFAS 4S digital tachograph
Smart Tachograph EFAS 4S digital tachograph

You cannot make a move without a tachograph – anyone who has experience with heavy transport knows this. How to deal with failures? What to do when such an incident happens on the road? What if the problem appears in the headquarters? What steps should be taken and by whom?

Tachograph failures do not happen often, but when they do occur, they cause a lot of trouble. The tachograph is the most important device in the driver’s cabin because it records all events, such as driving time, rests or other work.

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EvoBus (UK) pushes on as Tourismo flourishes

Large stock holding and demo fleet linked to the ability to deliver new coaches quickly says the dealership.

Mercedes-Benz Tourismo
Mercedes-Benz Tourismo

EvoBus (UK) continues to leverage its position as market leader in the coach sector with plans for a design centre at its Coventry sales office “like you would find in Mannheim” and a target of supplying 290 new Mercedes-Benz Tourismos to the UK and Irish markets in 2018.

Additionally, an increased stockholding of new Tourismos in various lengths and configurations has proved popular, allowing it to satisfy buyers quickly. In some cases and subject to registration, coaches can be driven away within 24 hours.

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Labour Court Warning to Employers on Excessive Working Hours

to much work

The Labour Court has ordered an employer to pay a former business development executive €7,500 for persistent breaches of the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997 (the Act). With many employers now arming their workforces with mobile phones, laptops, and tablets, a culture of requiring employees to be available round the clock has developed. The decision of the Labour Court reaffirms that the onus is squarely on employers to ensure that staff are not required to work more than the statutory maximum of 48 hours per week.   

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20 years of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter: The pioneer for a vehicle class

20 years of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
20 years of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Mercedes-Benz minibuses: The Sprinter
Sprinter series – five models, four lengths, for 12 to 22 passengers

Paper handkerchiefs are called kleenex, vacuum cleaners are called hoovers – and vans of around 3.5 t gross vehicle weight are called Sprinter. The reasons are the same for all three products.

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The DQC renewal occurs on 10th September 2018 for Professional Bus Drivers

DQC
DQC

Message for all Passenger Transport Operator please tell all your professional drivers that the DQC renewal occurs on 10th September 2018 for Professional Bus Drivers.

The Driver Education Section in the RSA have put measures in place so that all qualified compliant professional drivers – i.e. those who have completed the required number of DCPC training modules (5 for bus /truck or 6 for bus & truck – dual-qualified professional drivers with C and D driving license) will automatically receive their Driver Qualification Card in advance of the due date.

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The design for Go Ahead’s buses on the 24 Dublin routes

Go Ahead unveiled the design for buses along 24 privately-run public routes in Dublin

Go Ahead Dublin Buses
Go Ahead Dublin Buses – Paul Hosford/TheJournal.ie

British transport company Go Ahead signed a contract to operate the routes in April and today unveiled both its buses and depot in Ballymount.

The first Go Ahead buses will hit Dublin’s streets on 9 September when a new route – the 175 – will run from Citywest to UCD. The 45A, 75, 184, 63, 185, 111 and 59 routes will switch to Go Ahead from 7 October, with the 7A, 102, 33A, 220, 33B and 104 switching on 118 November. From 20 January next year the 18, 76, 239, 270, 238, 76A,236, 17, 114 and 161 routes will change.

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MEPs return mobility package proposals to committee for further consideration

heavy traffic moving at speed on the motorway

MEPs rejected proposed amendments to the “Mobility Package” road haulage reform proposals and referred them back to the Transport Committee for reconsideration.

In a vote on Wednesday (04 July 2018), the Full House rejected Transport Committee amendments to the proposals on updating drivers’ rest time rules, cabotage and posting of drivers and referred them back to the committee for further consideration, in accordance with Rule 59(4) of Parliament’s rules of procedure.

The proposals on the posting of drivers, drivers’ rest periods and access to the occupation of road transport operator and to the road haulage market are part of the “Mobility Package” tabled by the EU Commission in May 2017.

(source: News European Parliment)

Great Responsibility Comes With Great Heat

heatwave

As the country enjoys blue skies, unbroken sunshine and near-record temperatures, it seems a lot of the hard-working people of Ireland are wondering what temperature the mercury must hit for it to be legally too hot to work?! Employers will likewise be curious to know how the extraordinarily hot temperatures impact on their legal duty to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of their employees at work. 

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London – ULEZ to go ahead in 10 months and be expanded in 2021

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has ignored industry calls and gone ahead with making central London an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) – requiring Euro 6 for coaches and buses – in just 10 months time.

And, he has confirmed that the ULEZ will be extended to cover all of London inside the North and South Circular Roads from 25 October 2021.

From 8 April 2019, all coaches and buses that are not Euro 6 will have to pay a £100 daily charge to enter the ULEZ. This is on top of the current £200 Low Emission Zone (LEZ) charge for non-compliant vehicles. Also, this charge will be increased to £300 per day from 26 October 2020 for Euro 3 or older. Euro 4 and Euro 5 vehicles will have to pay £100 per day.

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European Parliament Transport Committee (TRAN) agrees on mobility package

camera european parliament strasbourg

More flexible rest regulations for truck drivers and further liberalization of cabotage. These are the two most important changes that the European Parliament is expected to approve.

The Transport Committee of the European Parliament (TRAN) agreed on Monday on new rules for the working conditions of truck drivers. It concerns the reform proposals of the European Commission within the framework of the first mobility package. EU rules on posted workers based on the principle of equal pay for equal work should apply to cabotage journeys, as approved. For drivers delivering goods to another Member State, the same rules should apply as for drivers in the host country.

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Plaxton adds to coach range with double deck and low entry Panther LE

Plaxton Panorama double deck coach
Plaxton Panorama double deck coach

Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) has unveiled two new coach models in its Plaxton line-up. The Panther LE is an innovative low entry vehicle that combines bus accessibility with coach comfort, while the versatile Panorama double-decker is built for high capacity, luxury travel. With these new additions, Plaxton now offers a full range from midi-coaches to double deckers – ensuring that more than ever, whatever operators’ requirements, the answer is Plaxton.

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UK Learner drivers on motorways: what lorry and coach drivers need to know

Learner drivers on motorways
Learner drivers on motorways

From Monday 4 June 2018, you’ll start to see learner drivers having motorway driving lessons in England, Scotland and Wales.

As professional drivers and operators, you rely on the motorway network to help transport goods or passengers across Great Britain. So, I want to explain how the rules work, the benefits for learner drivers, and how this will ultimately benefit you.

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Eurovignette: We calls for level playing field and reinvestment into road

eurovignette
eurovignette

The European Parliament’s revision of the Eurovignette Directive is an opportunity to establish a fair road user charging system, which guarantees a level playing field between different modes, and reinvests revenue in the sector to incentivise cleaner, more efficient road transport.

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