RHA launches coach policy

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The RHA has launched its vision for a better future for the coach sector. The policy which has been developed with RHA Coaches members focuses on driving change in six key areas: Covid-19 recovery; the environment; accessibility; recruitment; image of the industry, and; road infrastructure.

RHA Chief Executive, Richard Burnett said the policy sets the agenda for the Association’s campaigns to secure the best deal for the industry.

“Coaches play a vital role in the transport sector but many operators feel they’re taken for granted and dismissed by Government. They came to us because they needed a voice so we’ve worked together to articulate their concerns and set out a vision to support them through Covid recovery and beyond. Our coaches policy gives us a solid foundation to press Government for positive change to help our sector thrive.”

The policy calls on the Government to promote coaches as safe travel and offer financial support which supports long-term viability of the industry, and says that it is imperative for the Government to support the coach industry through a transition to alternative fuels. PSVAR must focus on journeys rather than vehicles, it says, whilst urging the promotion of the industry as a key economic driver as well as introducing lower age limits to encourage more young drivers into the coach industry. The policy also calls for better roadside facilities for drivers and improved coordination of roadworks.

The new policy has been created with input from RHA Coaches members, such as Edwards Coaches. RICHARD SHARMAN