A word from the President
A bit of light relief for the holiday season.
The latest edition of CPT's weekly newsletter for members, Newsline, is now available to view by clicking on the link below.
The latest edition of Coaching Matters is now available for you to view and download by clicking on the links below. To subscribe to receive Coaching Matters direct to your inbox, please email CPT's Coaching Executive Andy Warrender.
CPT News Release: Southend-on-Sea confirms it is “open to coaches”
Following a recent meeting between Southend Borough Council and CPT officials, the seaside town has confirmed that new and improved coaching facilities - providing over 100 free parking spaces for coaches and additional set-down and pick-up points - have opened since the closure (July 2016) of the long standing Seaway Coach Park.
Compliance Manual updates
The following updates have been made to the CPT Compliance Manual:
New safety cards for coach drivers and passengers
CPT has produced two safety cards for CPT member drivers and their passengers.
Bus Services Bill
The Bus Services Bill was introduced into the House of Lords on 19 May.
Newsline Special: Government Reshuffle July 2016
The latest Newsline Special, along with previous editions, is available for you to view and download from the links below.
New safety cards for coach drivers and passengers
CPT has produced two safety cards for CPT member drivers and their passengers.
CPT News Release: All change in CPT’s Midlands regions
CPT has today announced that Phil Bateman MBE (pic), its long-serving Manager for the West Midlands region, will be leaving his post at the end of June in order to spend more time in his day-to-day role as Councillor for Wednesfield North.
CPT News Release: Conwy and Betws y Coed join Llandudno in achieving CPT’s Coach Friendly status
Two of north Wales’ most popular inland resorts, Conwy and Betws y Coed, have been awarded CPT’s prestigious Coach Friendly towns, cities & villages status.
EU Referendum result
The possible political implications of the EU Referendum result are set out in a paper by independent political consultants, Interel.
CPT News Release: Industry first as Epsom Coaches achieves all CPT Accreditations
Epsom Coaches has become the first operator to have staff achieve all three of CPT’s professionally recognised bus and coach industry manager accreditations - Bus Operations Manager, Coach Manager and Engineering Manager.
Vacancy: Regional Manager – Northern and Yorkshire Regions
CPT is currently seeking to recruit a full-time Regional Manager for its Northern and Yorkshire Regions.
CPT News Release: London coach parking trial extended
Following a midterm review of its London coach parking trial at Camberwell and Stockwell bus garages, CPT is pleased to announce that the initial 6 week period due to end on 24 June has been extended through until the Autumn.
CPT News Release: CPT secures major win for UK coach operators
The UK’s coach operators travelling in France stand to benefit from a major concession to new French rules on minimum wages and conditions thanks to the role played by CPT’s Director of Policy Development, Steven Salmon.
CPT News Release: Bus Services Bill - CPT Comment
CPT today promised to work with the Government and all key stakeholders to ensure that the Bus Services Bill (published 20 May) produces the best possible results for passengers and bus operators alike.
CPT News Release: CPT secures 1000 extra parking spaces for coaches in London
CPT has teamed up with bus operator Go-Ahead to provide an extra 1000 coach parking spaces in central London this spring. Starting from Monday 16 May, 30 coach parking spaces will be available to CPT Members each day at Go-Ahead’s Camberwell (20) and Stockwell (10) bus depots for a 6-week trial period (ends Friday 24 June).
CPT News Release: Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop recognised as being Coach Friendly
Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop is the first tourist location in Scotland to receive CPT’s new Coach Friendly Visitor Attraction status.
A Little Bit of Politics
The national and local elections take place today. CPT's in-house political pundit north of the border has examined the fortunes of the parties in Scotland, and looked at the manifesto pledges on transport.
CPT News Release: TfL and CPT launch London Coach Parking Map
Senior officials from Transport for London (TfL) and the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) have today launched the new London Coach Parking Map.
CPT News Release: Seaside resorts receive CPT ‘Coach Friendly’ status
Bournemouth and Blackpool are the latest towns to receive CPT’s prestigious ‘Coach Friendly’ Towns, Cities & Villages status.
CPT News Release: Lynda Waltho appointed as Area Director for the Midlands region
The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) is delighted to announce the appointment of Lynda Waltho as Area Director for the Midlands Region.
CPT News Release: CPT launch new ‘Coach Friendly’ Attraction status
Last week at the British Tourism & Travel Show (BTTS) in Birmingham, CPT launched the Coach Friendly Visitor Attraction status – a new industry standard designed to recognise and reward tourist attractions that go the extra mile to provide a warm welcome to groups arriving by coach.
CPT News Release: Bus Passenger Satisfaction remains at high levels
The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) has today welcomed results of the latest Transport Focus “Bus Passenger Survey” which shows that satisfaction rates remain at exceptionally high levels.
Pictures from CPT Annual Dinner 2016
A selection of pictures from last Thursday's (28/01) CPT Annual Dinner at the London Lancaster Hotel are now available to view on our Flickr pages.
CPT News Release: John Birtwistle appointed CPT president for 2016
CPT is delighted to announce that John Birtwistle, Head of Policy at FirstGroup UK’s Bus Division, has been appointed CPT President for 2016. He takes over from Bill Hiron, MD of Stephensons of Essex.
Stuttgart Smog Alarm in place
From Monday January 18th, Stuttgart (Germany) has initiated a smog alarm.
CPT News Release: Nottingham makes u-turn on proposed changes to coach parking in city centre
Following representation from CPT and two of its leading coach operator members, Nottingham City Council has confirmed that its proposed relocation of the bus stand on Mount Street (to South Sherwood Street) is no longer being pursued and no further changes to the layout of this area will be made.
CPT News Release: Bus industry welcomes BSOG being retained at current levels
The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) is delighted to learn that Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) will remain at current levels, despite cuts to DfT’s budget announced today through the Autumn Statement.
School trip operators told to avoid Paris and surrounding areas
School trip operators have been told to avoid Paris and the surrounding area if taking groups of British school children to France before November 29.
Contact information for those travelling to Belgium and France
If you currently have vehicles in France; travelling to or from France or due to go in the near future, we will endeavour to update of any changes to the situation in the country but members are advised to monitor the situation via the following channels.
Disruption to Channel crossings
There is ongoing disruption to cross channel services due to migrant activity in and around Calais, compounded by the situation in France which has led to increased security and congestion at the Ports and Eurotunnel.
Foreign Office travel advice: Belgium
As a result of the situation in France and the subsequent links of the attacks to Belgium, there is a likelihood of an increased level of security in Belgium also.
Foreign Office travel advice: France
*Updates 1030hrs, 16 November* As a result of the attacks on Paris last Friday, travel in France is subject to some restrictions and the Foreign Office have issued the following advice for travellers.
Celebrating the life of Phillipa Kirby-Girdlestone (née Sudlow)
It is with great sadness that friends and former colleagues at CPT have learned of the untimely passing of Phillipa Kirby-Girdlestone, our former Manager for the North West region. Phillipa passed away last Thursday (22 October) following a short battle with illness.
CPT News Release: ‘Six of the best’ from McGill’s receive industry accreditation
The Traffic Commissioner for Scotland, Joan Aitken, has presented CPT’s prestigious Bus & Coach Engineering Manager Accreditation to six members of the McGill’s Buses team.
CPT News Release: Perth achieves 'Coach Friendly' Status
The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) has today (3 November) presented the City of Perth with its prestigious ‘Coach Friendly’ status. The status acknowledges the commitment that the City of Perth has made to understanding the requirements of coaches and welcoming their drivers and passengers to the city centre.
CPT News Release: Northern Bus Summit - 2 December 2015
The triennial Bus Summit organisedby the Confederation of Passenger Transport in the north of England has become an established part of the bus industry calendar.
Pictures from Coach & Bus Live 2015
A selection of CPT pictures from this year's Coach & Bus Live show are now available to view and download from our Flickr page.
CPT President opens Coach and Bus Live 2015
CPT President, Bill Hiron, has this morning officially opened Coach & Bus Live 2015.
CPT News Release: Traffic Commissioner launches new industry accreditations
Kevin Rooney, the Traffic Commissioner for the north east of England, has today launched two new and professionally-recognised bus and coach industry accreditations at Coach & Bus Live in Birmingham.
CPT News Release: New mental health awareness training DVD for coach drivers
Kevin Rooney (pic), Traffic Commissioner for the north east of England, has today launched a new training aid designed to assist coach drivers in their dealings with passengers who have hidden mental health conditions – that’s a quarter of the population.
CPT response to the CMA Ticketing Block Exemption review
CPT has responded to the Competition & Markets Authority review of the Ticketing Block Exemption.
CPT News Release: Simple traffic measures could cut pollution and journey times, says transport coalition ahead of major bus priority campaign
Congested towns and urban centres could be made clearer and greener if buses were given greater priority on the roads, an unprecedented coalition of transport groups have announced today.
European Commission Study on Passenger Transport by Coach in Europe
The EC would welcome the views of CPT Members as part of its study on Passenger Transport by coach in Europe.
Coach visiting Germany - minimum wage legislation
Minimum Wage Forms and guidance notes for Members travelling to Germany can be downloaded from the links below.
CPT News Release: New ‘Coach Welcome Scheme’ allows coaches and passengers to fly through Manchester Airport
Manchester Airport in partnership with CPT UK has launched a new Coach Welcome Scheme to assist with the quick and easy movement of coaches and passengers through the airport’s busy collection and drop-off areas.
A tribute to David Watson
CPT is very sad to have to announe the death of David Watson, CPT's former Director of Government Relations in Europe.
Greener Journeys' Bus Stop Quarterly Newsletter out now
The latest edition of Greener Journeys' quarterly newsletter, Bus Stop, is available for your to view from the link below.
CPT News Release: Buses in Wales vital to communities and economic growth
A new report published today by CPT Cymru, the trade association representing the operators of buses and coaches in Wales, reveals that buses continue to play a key and vital role in keeping communities moving whilst also delivering economic growth.
CPT News Release: Helpful clarification from the European Commission on the use of tachographs on short journeys
Following an official approach to the European Commission, the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) has received helpful clarification concerning the use of tachographs on short regular services which do not involve stops en route.
CPT News Release: New Tachograph Analysis service for CPT Members
The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) has today launched ‘CPT Tacho Analysis’, a new specialist tachograph analysis service for members.
Chris Owens - my adventures in Tanzania for Transaid
CPT's President for 2014, Chris Owens, has completed his cycle ride across Tanzania for transport charity Transaid.
CPT News Release: CPT Chairman, Ian Morgan, awarded the OBE
The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) is delighted to learn that CPT Chairman, Ian Morgan, has been awarded the OBE by Her Majesty the Queen in the Birthday Honours.
CPT News Release: Coach parking in London - constructive talks held with TfL
As part of the ongoing dialogue aimed at improving the experience for coach operators and their customers, the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) arranged a high level meeting with TfL in conjunction with the London Tour Coach Operators Association (LTCOA) on 20 May to discuss a wide range of issues which continue to be a major cause of concern to operators in London.
CPT Coach Operators take centre stage at National Coach Tourism Awards
The winners of this year’s NCTAs, hosted by Coach Monthly Magazine, were announced last Thursday (14/05) evening at a ceremony held at the West Midlands Safari Park. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the awards brought together over 400 industry professionals to recognise and celebrate excellence and innovation across the sector.
The Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP to continue as Secretary of State for Transport
Prime Minister David Cameron has today announced that The Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP will continue as Secretary of State for Transport. He was appointed to the role in September 2012.
Quick links to CPT publications
Click on the links below to view and download some of the most popular CPT publications and materials.
Inside CPT - Keith McNally
In this week’s edition of Newsline you can read about the new line-up in CPT’s Operations Team. Keith McNally, former Regional Manager of the Yorkshire and East Midlands Regions, has taken up the newly created role of Operations Manager based in Drury House, London. Keith will be no stranger to Members in his former regions, but let’s find out more about him.
PLUSBUS news - March
The latest edition of PLUSBUS news can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on the link below.
CPT News Release: New Operational & Technical Executive for CPT
CPT is pleased to announce that John Taylor has been appointed to the new role of Operational & Technical Executive at Drury House. John took up the post on Tuesday 5 May.
CPT News Release: Stephen Smith elected Chair of the European Alliance for Coach Tourism
The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) is delighted to announce that Stephen Smith, Operations Director, has been elected Chairman of the European Alliance for Coach Tourism (EACT) for 2015/16.
CPT News Release: Nantwich awarded ‘coach friendly’ status
The market town of Nantwich in east Cheshire has been awarded CPT’s ‘Coach Friendly’ status. Nantwich becomes the 22nd holder of this prestigious title - the fifth location in the North West - along with Southport, Chester, Bury and Liverpool.
CPT News Release: CPT welcomes additional and improved coach parking facilities at Stonehenge
CPT has today (13 April) welcomed the news that English Heritage is proposing to increase the number of coach parking spaces available at Stonehenge, whilst also making improvements to the main facilities available to group tours.
CPT News Release: Golden Boy first coach operator to receive CPT Workshop Accreditation
Golden Boy Coaches of Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire have become the first coach operator to achieve CPT’s new and professionally-recognised Workshop Accreditation.
CPT News Release: Improving safety on public transport in the West Midlands
Speaking after a meeting with CPT members in the West Midlands this morning, Police & Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands, David Jamieson, applauded the work carried out in the region to help improve safety on public transport.
CPT News Release: Changes to CPT’s Regional and Operations Teams
The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) has today announced the following changes to its teams in the East Midlands, Yorkshire and London & South East, and also the Operations Department at Drury House
CPT News Release: Bus industry surprised by ‘lack of understanding on transport economics’
The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK, the trade association representing the UK’s bus and coach operators, is surprised to learn that transport union RMT is demanding a public inquiry into bus companies who are ‘profiting by refusing to pass oil price cuts on to passengers’.
CPT News Release: Survey proves PLUSBUS is just the ticket for regular bus and train passengers
A nationwide discount-priced ticket for combined train and bus travel is growing in popularity, new research shows.
CPT News Release: ECMF publishes blueprint to double use of EU collective land passenger transport by 2025
European Citizens’ Mobility Forum proposes an Action Programme blueprint to EU policy decision-makers with the aim of doubling use of collective land passenger transport by 2025.
CPT News Release: Bus passenger satisfaction levels remain at an all time high
The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) has today welcomed results of the latest Bus Passenger Survey carried out by Passenger Focus which show that satisfaction rates have remained at exceptionally high levels.
CPT News Release: First and Arriva join forces to launch bus stop announcement app for blind and visually impaired passengers
Two of the UK’s biggest bus groups, First and Arriva, in partnership with the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) have today launched a new, state of the artNext [Bus] Stop AnnouncementSmartphone app, which could revolutionise bus travel for blind and visually impaired passengers.
Inside CPT - Bethan Maude
Bethan Maude has been with CPT for just over a year now and Members may have seen her covering reception and dealing with all sorts of Member queries including website passwords. So let’s find out a bit more about her.
CPT News Release: ‘Outstanding’ Ipswich Buses first to receive new industry accreditation
Ipswich Buses have today become the first recipient of CPT’s new and professionally-recognised Workshop Accreditation.
CPT responds to the latest draft Reliability and Punctuality Standards
CPT has responded in forthright terms to the latest draft of the Traffic Commissioners’ reliability and punctuality standards, which will be set out in Statutory Document 14 “Local Bus Services”.
CPT President 2015: Bill Hiron's speech to the CPT Annual Dinner, 29 January 2015
CPT President for 2015 Bill Hiron, gave his inaugral speech at the CPT Annual Dinner yesterday evening.
CPT News Release: Bill Hiron appointed CPT President for 2015
CPT is delighted to announce that Bill Hiron, Managing Director of Stephensons of Essex, has been appointed CPT President for 2015. He takes over from Chris Owens, MD of Alpine Travel.
CPT News Release: London Cycle Superhighway - Questions remain unanswered
The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) is very disappointed that TfL intends to proceed with the London Cycle Superhighway which as it stands will result in fewer coach parking facilities, inconvenience to visitors and increased traffic congestion which will inevitably add to operator costs.
Coach fares – CPT provides robust response to the Chief Secretary
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury has written to CPT’s Chief Executive Simon Posner seeking reassurance that CPT was doing all it could to ensure that coach passengers were benefitting from the drop in fuel prices.
Euro Bus Expo 2014: A message to the Minister
A number of Members who visited the CPT stand at last November’s Euro Bus Expo left a “message for the Minister” on our Message Board.
CPT News Release: Industry deserves credit for continuing to maintain bus networks
The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT), the trade association representing the UK’s bus and coach industry, has responded to a report published today by the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) in which it claims UK bus services are facing ‘crisis’.
CPT News Release: CPT secures reduction in Heathrow Airport West Ramp Coach Park charges
The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT), working with Heathrow Airport and the London Tourist Coach Operators Association (LTCOA), has secured agreement that the charges for coach operators using the West Ramp Coach Park will be reduced to £21.56 per vehicle for 2015 and 2016. This is a reduction of 7% against the current price. The new charge will apply from 1 January.
The story of Euro Bus Expo 2014
As the team from CPT returns to the office today following a busy week at Euro Bus Expo in Birmingham, EBE TV takes a look back at some of the many highlights from this year's show.
CPT News Release: Llandudno Awarded ‘Coach Friendly’ Status
The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) is delighted to announce that the seaside resort of Llandudno is the latest town to be awarded its prestigious ‘Coach Friendly’ status.
CPT News Release: Traffic Commissioner awards first Engineering Manager Accreditation
The Traffic Commissioner for the north east of England, Kevin Rooney has today presented CPT’s very first Bus & Coach Engineering Manager Accreditation to Craig Boiling of West Midlands based Travel De Courcey.
CPT News Release: Bus services - better through working together
The bus industry has reacted with disappointment to Labour’s call for the further regulation of bus services.
Regional Coaching Conferences get underway in Yorkshire
A series of regional coaching conferences got underway on Tuesday when CPT's East Midlands and Yorkshire regions hosted a large gathering of members in Todwick, South Yorkshire.
CPT News Release: Traffic Commissioner to speak at CPT Coaching Conference in Yorkshire
CPT, the trade association representing the operators of buses and coaches in the UK, is delighted to announce that Kevin Rooney, Traffic Commissioner for the North East will be providing the opening presentation at next week’s regional Coaching Conference in Yorkshire.
CPT News Release: CPT welcomes Andy Warrender, Coaching Executive
CPT UK is delighted to announce the appointment of Andy Warrender as Coaching Executive. Andy joins CPT on 6 October from Alexander Dennis Ltd, the country’s leading bus and coach manufacturer.
Pensions auto enrolment - case studies
Smaller companies will soon be required to automatically enrol their employees into a pension scheme.
Inside CPT - Scotland
Today, Thursday 18 September 2014, is an historic day for Scotland as voting takes place on a Referendum for Scottish independence. So what better occasion to speak to CPT’s team in Scotland – George Mair (Director), Paul White (Communication Manager and also CPT’s Director of Government Relations in Europe) and Jeremy Tinsley (General Manager).
News Release: Bus pass funding vital to keep Britain’s economy and society moving
New research for Greener Journeys by KPMG LLP shows every £1 spent on free bus travel for older and disabled people generates over £2.87 of benefits for society and the wider economy.
Bus Passenger Satisfaction Survey 2014
Passenger Focus is finalising plans for conducting the 2014 Bus Passenger Satisfaction Survey. This year the survey is expected to capture nearly 45,000 passenger views across England and Scotland.
EU Categorisation of Infringements text agreed
The EU categorisation of infringements against the various rules for professional transport has been finalised and comes into force on 1 January 2016.
CPT News Release: Bus services, better through working together
The bus industry has reacted with surprise to a report from the left wing think tank, the IPPR, calling for a return to a regulated system which comes on the back of the recent Passenger Focus report where passengers gave bus service a massive 88% satisfaction rating.
CPT News Release: New Professional Accreditation for Bus and Coach Workshops
The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) has today launched a new professional ‘Workshop Accreditation’ designed specifically for the bus and coach industry.
The roadside is the wrong place to punish past mistakes, says CPT
CPT has responded to the DfT consultation on the treatment of Historical Drivers’ Hours offences saying the Government’s proposal amounts to “gold plating” of EU requirements, to the detriment of British workers and businesses.
CPT Model Passenger Charter
CPT has produced a Model Passenger Charter to help members set out their own commitment to their passengers, to tell passengers what they can do if things go wrong, and to make them aware of the rights that they enjoy under EU legislation.
CPT News Release: CPT and People 1st announce new professional accreditation for engineering managers
The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT), in conjunction with People 1st, has today launched a new industry professional standard – the Bus & Coach Engineering Manager Accreditation.
News Release: Quality seminar programme an integral part of the Euro Bus Expo experience
A high quality seminar programme will once again be an integral part of the total show experience when Euro Bus Expo 2014 opens this November.
Buses drive jobs and economic prosperity reveals landmark report
A new landmark research report for Greener Journeys – the campaign to promote sustainable travel – developed in partnership with the Department for Transport, shows the crucial role played by the bus in driving jobs and economic prosperity.
CPT News Release: Case for bus priority goes up a gear
CPT, pteg, TfL, Greener Journeys and CBT have today launched Bus Priority Works, a new brochure setting out the case for bus priority schemes in a non-technical and compelling way.
CPT News Release: New Training Aid for Bus Drivers Launched
The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT), working with the Department for Transport (DfT), Mental Health Action Group, People 1st, the Association of Trainers and trentbarton, has today announced the launch of a new training DVD aimed at assisting bus drivers in their dealings with customers who have hidden mental health conditions – one in four of the adult population.
Bus Stop: Greener Journeys’ quarterly newsletter out now
The latest edition of Bus Stop takes a look at the recent Catch the Bus Week campaign.
Highways Agency – Winter Campaign Evaluation
The Highways Agency is keen to have CPT members' views on the effectiveness of winter driving campaigns and help the Agency plan for the future.
Taking a coach to a UK Airport?
Information for coach operators and group travel organisers dropping-off and/or picking-up passengers from UK airports can be found by clicking on the links below.
CPT News Release: New Chairman for CPT’s Northern region
The Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT), the trade association representing the operators of buses and coaches in the UK, is delighted to announce that Alistair Weir has been elected to the role of Chairman for its Northern Region.
Heathrow Terminal 2: Bus stop allocation (arrivals)
A detailed map showing bus stop allocation for arrivals at Heathrow Airport, terminal 2, which opens on Wednesday 4 June, can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on the link below.
Inside CPT - Communications
Over the last few months, CPT’s Communications Director, Chris Nice, and Deputy Director, Pauline Gaunt, have attended CPT Regional meetings across England, Scotland and Wales to demonstrate the new CPT website, Compliance Manual and Coach Parking Locator, and also the Busforus website. But let’s find out a bit more about them.
CPT News Release: Your voice in Europe
The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT), in recognition of the importance the EU plays in the day to day operations of its members, has enhanced its voice in Europe.
STC’s revised standards for local bus services “A great improvement” says CPT
Following widespread criticism of her initial efforts, the Senior Traffic Commissioner has consulted on a substantially reworked set of guidance and directions for the operation of local bus services, including the vexed question of punctuality.
CPT News Release: Buses - A modern day success story
CPT UK was disappointed to read the latest report by the IPPR “Purchasing Power – Making Consumer Markets Work for Everyone” which fails to recognise that the commercialised bus market outside London has stemmed the decline in bus patronage (which was huge prior to 1986) and has led to greater competition and passenger choice.
Proposed changes to bus registrations - CPT responds to DfT consultation
CPT has responded to DfT’s consultation on proposed changes to bus registrations to implement the Competition Commission’s remedies.
Gillian Merron appointed Chief Executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews
Many congratulations to Gillian Merron, former transport Minister and current Chair of Bus Users UK, on her appointment as Chief Executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.
CPT News Release: Mike Morgan joins CPT
CPT has announced that former routeONE editor and bus and coach industry stalwart, Mike Morgan has joined the industry’s trade association as a Coaching Consultant.
Baroness Kramer hops on board Catch the Bus Week
Transport Minister Baroness Kramer met with Greener Journeys and senior bus industry leaders on a silver-painted New Routemaster bus today to support Catch the Bus Week, a major drive to get the public out of cars and onto the bus.
Vienna: New bus and coach traffic restrictions
New bus and coach traffic restriction in Vienna will come into force on 1 May 2014.
Enforcement issues in Spain
Members should be aware that Spanish enforcement authorities carry out regular control checks, especially in the Catalan area.
Role of the bus to be commemorated at Euro Bus Expo
Marking 100 years since the start of the First World War, organisers of Europe’s premier trade fair of 2014, Euro Bus Expo, will commemorate the role played by buses and their drivers during the conflict, at the event this autumn.
Improving Compliance Bulletins
CPT issues regular Improving Compliance Bulletins to assist operators to stay on the right side of the Regulations.
CPT News Release: CPT prompts policy change
Following representation from the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK, DVSA has today confirmed that changes are to be made to the interpretation of the Driver CPC for new drivers entering the industry.
CPT News Release: Devizes named CPT’s 20th ‘Coach Friendly’ location
Devizes in Wiltshire has been awarded CPT’s Coach Friendly status, the 20th location in the UK to now hold the title.
CPT News Release: ‘Project Coach’ hailed a success as Burnham-on-Sea receives ‘Coach Friendly’ status
The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) is pleased to announce that the coastal town of Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset has been awarded ‘Coach Friendly’ status.
CPT News Release: New interpretation and translation service
The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) is pleased to announce that an interpretation and translation service is now available to CPT members operating in Europe.
CPT News Release: Bus passenger satisfaction rates hit an all time high
The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) has today welcomed results of the latest Bus Passenger Survey carried out by Passenger Focus. The Survey shows that 88% of bus passengers in the areas covered are satisfied with their bus services.
Construction works on the M25 coming soon
Following the Highway Agency's construction works on the M25, between junctions 5-7 and 23-25, in the spring they will be opening the road to operate as 'All Lane Running' (all lanes open to traffic, with no hard shoulder).
Community Transport - update
Members are aware that CPT remains fully engaged with the issues surrounding Community Transport services and the impact on our Members’ operations.
Stonehenge: Exclusive groups-only shuttle service
An exclusive groups-only shuttle service at Stonehenge has being introduced on a trial basis by English Heritage.
Coach Parking facilities on The Mall
Following negotiations between CPT, Westminster Council and The Royal Parks, coach parking facilities on The Mall have changed and will now be open from 9am to 6pm (or dusk) on Monday to Saturday.
DVSA News Release: More flexibility for trainers booking bus and lorry tests
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has made it easier for instructors to make short notice changes to bus and lorry practical driving tests.
DfT Release: Transport Secretary meets with bus industry to help tackle weather disruption
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has chaired an urgent resilience meeting with the bus and coach operators to ensure that all necessary extra services are in place to reduce the impacts of severe weather, and to plan for further capacity that may be needed should adverse conditions continue or spread to other parts of the country.
CPT News Release: Operators tell Secretary of State "we are keeping Britain open for business"
A delegation of senior bus and coach operators, along with CPT’s Chairman and CEO, this morning met with Patrick McLoughlin to brief him on the additional work the industry continues to undertake in order to help keep Britain moving during the current severe weather crisis.
CPT News Release: Steven Salmon appointed President of the IRU Social Affairs Commission
CPT is delighted to announce that Steven Salmon, CPT's Director of Policy Development, has been elected President of the IRU’s Social Affairs Commission.
Community Transport update from CPT President Chris Owens
As CPT’s newly elected President for 2014, I am looking forward to working with CPT and members to raise the profile of our industry. Something very close to our hearts is the issue of Community Transport. You will therefore be interested to see the letter below (click on link) updating you on the latest developments and also seeking your help to gather more ammunition to continue to fight for the level playing field we all wish to see.
DfT announcements on drivers' hours/rest breaks and digital tachograph download periods
Members will wish to be aware of two announcements today from DfT relating to drivers hours and rest breaks, and digital tachograph download periods. These changes have been made as part of the Government's Red Tape Challenge which aims to reduce unnecessary bureaucracy.
The effectiveness of bus priority - hard facts wanted!
Bus priority measures can be tough to get in – and difficult to keep in – as recent developments in Liverpool have shown.
CPT News Release: Chris Owens appointed CPT President for 2014
Chris Owens, Managing Director of Alpine Travel, has been appointed CPT President for 2014. He takes over from Ipswich Buses MD, Malcolm Robson.
CPT Mobility Scooter Code
On Wednesday, 14 September 2011 and following discussions with the Department for Transport, CPT launched a Code of Practice for the use and acceptance of Mobility Scooters on low floor buses.
CPT Wales: Welsh Government statement on changes to administering bus funding
Edwina Hart AM, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport issued a Cabinet Statement very late on Friday about RTSG bus funding. A copy of this statement is available from the link below.
Taking a coach to the Slovak Republic - Electronic toll collection
Members taking a coach to the Slovak Republic will wish to be aware of changes to the system for collecting electronic tolls.
New Year message from the Chief Executive
Simon Posner, CPT's Chief Executive, has written to all CPT members with his New Year message, thanking members for their continued support of the work CPT does on behalf of the industry.
DfT Release: More people choosing greener journeys
Efforts to make it easier for people to choose greener ways of travelling to and from public transport hubs are working, according to a new report.
Buses in Crisis: A report on bus funding across England and Wales
Research published today by the Campaign for Better Transport shows that this year 47 per cent of local authorities have cut their support for buses.
CPT News Release: CPT initiative helps passengers with hidden disabilities
The Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT UK) has launched a scheme to help passengers with hidden disabilities.
7th RDA Coach Tourism Federation
The RDA International Coach Tourism Federation's 7th RDA Commonwealth Seminar will take place on Thursday 20 February 2014 in the Queen Anne Room, Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland. Speakers include Deiter Gauf, CEO RDA International Coach Tourism Federation, and Dr Patrick Partridge, RDA Representative for Great Britain, Northern Ireland & the Commonwealth.
CPT News Release: CPT publishes guides to help operators minimise the risk of incurring Fixed Penalty Points
The Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT UK) in conjunction with VOSA and People 1st has published two helpful guides for its members to help minimise the risk of incurring fixed penalty fines.
CPT meets new CTA chief executive
The new Chief Executive of the Community Transport Association, Bill Freeman, paid a visit to CPT's Headquarters recently and met with CPT’s CEO Simon Posner and Director of Policy Development Steven Salmon. Here you can download a note of their wide ranging and amicable discussion about the future alignment of the commercial and charity sectors to meet community needs.
CPT response to Senior Traffic Commissioner consultation on Statutory Guidance and Directions
CPT has responded to the Senior Traffic Commissioner's consultation on her proposed Statutory Guidance and Directions on Local Bus Services.
IRU priorities for 2014
CPT does a lot of its international work through the umbrella bodies IRU and UITP.
Laden vehicles: testing reminder from the Driving Standards Agency
New rules on bringing laden vehicles for driving tests in some categories start on 15 November 2013.
Tendering Road Passenger Transport Contracts – Best Practice Guidance
Today, the Department published revised guidance to local authorities on best practice when procuring local bus services and other types of road passenger transport.
CPT News Release: CPT and TfL launch Tourist Coach Action Plan for London
The Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT UK) and Transport for London (TfL) have today launched the Tourist Coach Action Plan, a strategy which sets out a list of achievable actions and goals designed to improve the experience for coach tour operators/drivers coming into the capital.
CPT evidence to Transport Select Committee on Winter Resilience
CPT has submitted written evidence to the House of Commons Transport Select Committee for its inquiry into Winter Resilience in Transport.
Baroness Kramer named as Minister responsible for buses
Following this week's reshuffle Baroness Kramer has been confirmed as the new buses minister. Her full portfolio is as follows:-
Having problems logging in to our newly refreshed site?
Welcome to the newly refreshed CPT website. Our new website has a more modern look and feel. Navigation is easier, the search facility has been enhanced, and each of our Regions and Committees has its own designated area.
Additional funding announced to bring 55 low carbon buses into service
Government schemes to provide more carbon-cutting buses and reduce pollution from existing buses are being extended. Speaking at industry event Coach and Bus Live (2 October 2013) Transport Minister Norman Baker announced additional money will be made available to bring 55 more low carbon buses into service and to retro-fit dozens more to clean up their exhaust fumes.
Senior Traffic Commissioner publishes revised statutory guidance
The Senior Traffic Commissioner, Beverley Bell, has today (3 October 2013) published revised statutory guidance documents, following consultation with the industry.
VOSA News Release: First time pass rates improve again
Pass rates at annual test continue to improve across the board according to VOSA’s 2012/13 effectiveness report published today. Figures show that the pass rates at annual test continue to rise; including an 81.5% first time pass rate for buses, 77.6% for Heavy Goods Vehicles and 84.3% for trailers.
New CPT Today newsletter out now!
CPT's new style newsletter, CPT Today is out now.
National Minimum Wage rates increase (from 1 October 2013)
The National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates will increase from 1 October 2013.
The CPT logo - how and where to use
At this week’s Coach & Bus Live Show, CPT is launching a refreshed website complete with a new, simple and contemporary company logo.
CPT News Release: Transport Minister & Brooke Kinsella MBE launch young person’s bus site
Transport Minister Norman Baker and youth campaigner Brooke Kinsella MBE have today launched a newly improved version of BUSFORUS, the UK bus industry’s young person’s bus travel site.
CPT News Release: Transport Minister & Brooke Kinsella MBE launch young person’s bus site
CPT London &South East Coach Parking Committee is working on the serious issues surrounding setting down and picking up passengers and coach parking in London.
Clean Bus Technology Fund
DfT announced on 30 August the 11 local authorities to be awarded grants from the Clean Bus Technology Fund.
Inside CPT - Sue Mullen
This time we meet CPT’s new Regional Manager for the North Western Region – Sue Mullen – who joined us this week after a 16 year career in VOSA.
CPT Transport Manager Workshops
EU Directive 1071/2009 came into force in December 2011 and redefined the role of Transport Managers within the Operating Licensing regime for the first time since S82 of the Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981 came into operation.
CPT News Release: CPT Legal Helpline - a new 24/7 member service
The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) has launched a new and improved service for members designed to support legal compliance and provide emergency 24/7 cover. The new service can be used by members free of charge for the first 30 minutes.
CPT News Release: CPT welcomes the conclusion of the Bus Subsidy review
The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) has welcomed the conclusion to the Department for Transport’s review of the system of bus subsidies. Commenting on Transport Minister Norman Baker’s announcement, Chief Executive Simon Posner said:
Dft Press Release: Improving services for motorists
Motorists and businesses will benefit from more convenient and cost effective motoring services - such as driving tests and goods vehicle testing - under changes announced today (20 June 2013) by Roads Minister Stephen Hammond.
Welcome to Greener Journeys’ latest Quarterly Newsletter.
We hope you enjoy reading about some of the great campaigns we have been involved in recently and the crucial role buses play in so many areas of our lives.
Welcome to Greener Journeys’ latest Quarterly Newsletter.
We hope you enjoy reading about some of the great campaigns we have been involved in recently and the crucial role buses play in so many areas of our lives.
Inside CPT - Graham Sutton
This time we meet CPT's Committee Executive, Graham Sutton. Graham provides the administrative and secretariat support for the majority of CPT’s Committees and Groups.
CPT News Release: Bus industry responds to criticism of BSOG regime
CPT (Confederation of Passenger Transport UK), the national trade association for bus, coach and light rail operators, is seeking to recruit a full-time Regional Manager based in the North West of England.
New database for mobility scooter users launched
Mobility scooter users now for the first time have access to a comprehensive database of suitable models that can be carried on public transport, which was one of the key findings of a research report commissioned by the Department for Transport.
Inside CPT - Colin Moore
This time we meet Colin Moore, CPT’s Technical Executive. Colin is a font of knowledge on all things engineering. So, read on to find out what he does, and how Members can benefit from his expertise.
CPT's evidence to the Transport Select Committee: Local Authority Parking Enforcement
CPT has submitted written evidence to the House of Commons Transport Select Committee's inquiry into Local Authority Parking Enforcement.
CPT News Release: Practical Compliance Workshop hailed a “huge success”
Over 160 members gathered at Centurion Travel in Midsomer Norton, Somerset on Wednesday (24/04) for CPT’s latest Practical Compliance Workshop.
New system recognises professional driver trainers
A new register to recognise the skills and qualifications of bus and coach driver trainers is now available from the passenger transport sector’s careers website, Careers that Move.
CPT News Release: New Manager for CPT's Northern Region
The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) has today announced that Steve Noble has been appointed the new Manager for its Northern Region.
Inside CPT - Finance Department
It is probably true to say that most of our Members have not had the pleasure of meeting Ray Coyne, Kerry Donn or Camilla Gaston - CPT’s Finance Team. They may well be voices at the end of the telephone, or names at the end of an email. But let us tell you more about them.
Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts
New advice from the Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission on unfair terms in consumer contracts is likely to change the unfair terms regime in the UK by summer 2014.
CPT News Release: Inaugural 'Transport Managers Workshop' a Huge Success
Last week (20 March) CPT hosted a pilot Transport Managers Workshop at Manchester Collegefor members in its North Western region.
CPT News Release: Another year of high passenger satisfaction ratings
“Let’s accentuate the positive – 84% satisfaction (over 1.9bn passenger journeys) and try to address the negative” says industry body.
Inside CPT - Diane Spring
Every few weeks we will be introducing you to a member of the CPT team. This week it's the turn of the bright, cheerful, helpful voice that belongs to.....
CPT News Release: Chesterfield Awarded CPT's 'Coach Friendly' Status
The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT), the trade association representing the UK’s bus, coach and light rail industries, has today announced that Chesterfield has been awarded with its prestigious ‘Coach Friendly’ status.
CPT News Release: Shrewsbury wins 2012 Coach Friendly Town Award
The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) has today announced that, the town of Shrewsbury has been awarded with their prestigious ‘Coach Friendly Town Award’.