This is BDA Coach travel – an information site about the standards, operation and regulation of the coach travel here in the UK and around Europe. If you have travelled regularly by coach over the last 20 years, you’ll have been aware of the phenomenal improvements that the industry has undergone, and that today, coach travel has never been more popular, convenient and cost efficient. With literally thousands of coach journeys starting or ending in the middle of our capital city, London, with hundreds of drop off and pick up points, coach travel really does seem to be the modern alternative way to commute.
Commercial Coaches and coach drivers.
Commercial coaches are avaiable 5 standard sizes, and two specific styles
All coach drivers are required to undertake the new Driver - CPC courses to further improve their training.
All coach drivers are checked by the criminal records bureau (CRB) for any past convictions. No-one is employed who has any criminal record
All coach drivers must offer a friendly, courteous service.
For the travellers reassurance and safety, all coaches, by law, benefit from full, comprehensive insurance from one of the country's leading insurance providers.
This insurance will include full passenger liability insurance, so in the highly unlikely event of any incident all travellers are covered.
All coaches today are fitted with VOSA approved seat belts and safety equipment and since September 2006 it is compulsory that all passengers wear a seatbelt at all times
Smoking or the consumption of alcohol is not allowed on any vehicle.
Since 1998 many commercial coaches run on "Ultra Low Sulpher Diesel" and since 2009 have used diesel with 7% "Bio-diesel" content.
Modern commercial coaches use either Euro 2, 3 or 4, and the newest coaches meet the latest Euro 5 specification engines, which means that coaches are among the lowest emissions of any vehicle in the UK.