LTCOA becomes UK Coach Operators Association

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The former LTCOA (London Tourist Coach Operators Association) has announced that it is adopting a UK-wide role within the coach industry. This also coincides with reaching the milestone of 50 members, as York Pullman joins the Association, representing around 1,500 vehicles and upwards of 2,500 people employed. Stephen Telling, Chair of the UKCOA said: “During the very challenging year of 2020 the LTCOA continued to grow and evolve, with the majority of new members coming from outside the London area. The membership suggested that we consider changing the name of the association to reflect that we are now a UK-wide organisation. It also reflects that, as a result of the pandemic and the cessation of most work connected with tourism, members require assistance on all other aspects of coach operation.” The UKCOA said it will continue to work with industry partners to represent the views of its members and the coach industry, which will be directed at both local and central government, and other key stakeholders ensuring the importance and standing of the industry is fully recognised. Membership services will include: a crisis control centre; compliance assistance; regular updates on issues affecting the coach industry; a PSVAR working group; a development group looking at future strategy for the coach industry in connection with clean air zones; and a development group investigating Section 19 & 22 legislation and enforcement.

The UKCOA also said that it saw a need to further strengthen its board of directors, and has therefore added three new members to its board.

UKCOA launched on 18 January, already boasting 50 members. RICHARD SHARMAN