With 9th September looming, those members who have not already done so, need to complete their second block of Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (DCPC) periodic training. For drivers who were given 'acquired rights', the deadline to finish the next block of periodic training is 9th September 2018 for those who hold a Category D licence.
Member States have to transpose The Package Travel Directive 2015 it by January 1st 2018 and it will be applicable from July 1st 2018. The definition of package has changed but it remains a requirement that the service must cover more than 24 hours or include overnight accommodation. Package organisers will still be responsible for all the elements...Read more
As previously advised, GDPR will apply from 25th May 2018 across all European Union markets. This includes the UK, despite its plans to leave the European Union. Even if your business is not in the EU, you will still have to comply with the regulation if you collect, share and use personal data of EU citizens. For...Read more
The founder of Wrights Group, William Wright, has received a knighthood in the 2018 New Year's honours list in recognition of his services to the bus industry and the UK economy Dr William Wright CBE, who last year celebrated his 90th birthday, is a well-known and respected figure in the UK bus sector and in the...Read more
Whilst these changes to fines do not currently apply in Northern Ireland, they will apply to you if you are driving in GB. Drivers' hours: Changes to Fines for Commercial Drivers - GB The rules will change from 5th march 2018 so lorry, bus and coach drivers who drive tired will be fined for every time they've...Read more
The Federation and its members are delighted with the new coach facilities and the commitment made by Mid and East Antrim Council to the needs of coach companies and their passengers. We look forward to continuing out work with the Council in their efforts to develop coach tourism potential. [caption id="attachment_4476" align="alignnone" width="300"] Read more
Every year enforcement officers from the Department for Infrastructure's Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) carry out 6,000 inspections of goods vehicles, buses, taxis and cars each year with goods vehicles accounting for nearly half of all vehicles checked. From October these enforcement officers will begin to use tablet devices to support these roadside compliance inspections. This...Read more
We had a very good evening reminiscing about the first 15 years and discussing the future of the organisation for the next. Together we have come a very long way from the disparate bunch of operators I encountered at the first meeting in Cookstown. There has been a dramatic change to who we are and...Read more