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Our insider argues that, despite everything, coach tourism could continue to develop and thrive in the UK, but the industry needs to make its voice heard

With so called ‘Brexit’ resulting in a weaker exchange rate against the Euro and a general sense of depression about reduced economic activity, you may wonder why you get up in the morning to kick start your coach business at the moment. The fact is that markets are depressed and inflation is rising, not least because of higher fuel prices.

It is arguable that the increasing cost of fuel acts as a further deterrent to the small minded and sometimes stupid people who have come to believe that fossil fuels are no longer viable. They think we should be ditching our hard earned and purchased diesel and petrol cars in favour of ‘mugging’ the local dairy for their Lewis Electruk or Morrison-Electricar milk floats that were originally developed as a follow-on from the horse and carts we associate with the old Express Dairy.

A press release distributed in August 1967 by the UK Electric Vehicle Association stated that Britain had more battery-electric vehicles on its roads than the rest of the world put together. It is not clear what research the association had undertaken into the electric vehicle populations of other countries, but closer inspection disclosed that almost all of the battery driven vehicles licensed for UK road use were milk floats.[…]

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