New serious incident reporting system for bus and coach operators

7 April 2021

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has told operators that they will be able to report serious incidents with greater ease through a new online form available on computer, tablet or smartphone. After working with the industry, it has created the new PSV112 form which can be found — here.

Doubts about measurement of commercial road transport carbon dioxide emissions

6 April 2021

Measuring carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from commercial road transport only at the tailpipe, depending on the region, could double the true carbon picture in future fuel scenarios. This is the view of the International Road Transport Union (IRU) which argues that heavy-duty commercial vehicles, including coaches and trucks, emit just 950 million tonnes of CO2 annually at the tailpipe, using the tank-to-wheel standard, about 2.5% of global emissions.

Remote sign on procedures provoke union anger

6 April 2021

Representing over 20,000 bus workers in London, Unite the union has strongly welcomed a decision by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to order a moratorium on bus operators in the capital introducing remote sign on procedures.

Government provides cash for zero-emission bus scheme in England

31 March 2021

Up to £120 million will be made available through a new scheme which will allow local transport authorities to bid for funding to purchase zero-emission buses in order to reduce the carbon emissions from their local public transport and improve air quality.

New Dover to Calais ferry service to be introduced

31 March 2021

Planned to start in June 2021, Irish Ferries will introduce a new service on the Dover–Calais route when it transfers the Isle of Inishmore to the route. Additional capacity will be added in the following months.

Electric trucks and hydrogen-powered buses get Government backing

25 March 2021

Innovative green projects creating the next generation of electric trucks and hydrogen-powered buses are set to secure nearly 10,000 UK jobs and save millions of tonnes of carbon emissions. This is the prediction of the Business Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, who is making over £54 million available for projects including hydrogen fuel cells for buses, and lightweight structures for electric heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).

Earlier lockdown could have saved lives of London bus drivers

25 March 2021

An independent review into the deaths of London bus drivers from Covid-19, led by the UCL Institute of Health Equity (IHE), finds an earlier national lockdown could have saved lives. Available — here, the report notes that 22 out of the 27 drivers who died had ceased work by 3 April, meaning their infection would probably have been contracted pre-lockdown.