A Surrey bus operator, locked out of its yard, has now resumed normal services.Staff arriving at Buses Excetera’s rented depot at Merstham, near Redhill, early on 8 March discovered the gates locked, and a bailiffs’ notice posted..Unable to access the vehicles, O-Licences or offices, its services did not operate over the weekend.Initial reports attributed to the company said that an â€œact of vandalismâ€ was being blamed for non-operation. As a result of the bailiffs’ action, the firm’s website also stopped working.The firm now says that the issue arose as a result of a civil dispute about the premises’ lease. It has not commented on the reason for the dispute.Buses Excetera â€“ the trading name of BETC Ltd, which has a 25-vehicle O-Licence â€“ swiftly hired a variety of buses and operated most of its routes, a mixture of commercial and contracted, from Monday 10 March.It says it obtained dispensation from VOSA to operate without displaying its O-Licence discs, which were still on the buses trapped in the yard.The dispute was resolved on Thursday (13 March), when access to the yard was regained and services returned to normal.The firm, incorporated in March 2013, is owned by Group Operations Manager Adam Smith, and runs 11 bus routes in the Guildford, Dorking, Epsom, Woking and Cobham areas, alongside five schools services. It was a buyout by Mr Smith of the bus operation of Coaches Excetra, which is now a seperate operation based in Croydon.
DFDS Seaways is entering a “period of consultation on the viability of its Portsmouth-Le Havre service,” with an expectation that the route will end.Current bookings are not to be affected, and all bookings will be honoured.DFDS took over the Portsmouth-Le Havre service in 2012 as part of its joint-venture with LD Lines. Both LD Lines and DFDS Seaways France have consistently recorded heavy financial losses on this service since 2005.DFDS has worked hard to cut costs on the route to make it more competitive, including replacing Norman Voyager with a smaller ferry, as well as sales and marketing initiatives.Despite this, the service has “remained economically unsustainable.” Should the route end the contracted ferry, Seven Sisters and its crew, would return to the ship’s owner.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan will tackle hate crimes on London’s busesLondon mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged to work with the capital’s police forces to tackle hate crime on London’s transport network.There has been a rise in reports of racist or xenophobic abuse in London since the EU referendum, and Mr Khan is urging people in the city to stand together in support of a campaign that targets all crime of this nature on public transport.He says: “I am proud of the incredible diversity of our city and nowhere is this more evident than on our buses and trains. I will not tolerate hate crimes of any form anywhere in London.”Transport for London funds over 3,000 police and police community support officers dedicated to policing London’s transport network.
Indcar has retained its certification by Mercedes-Benz’ as a bodybuilder partner.The certification is given only to bodybuilders who successfully overcome the assessment of conversion solutions made on Mercedes-Benz van bases. The evaluation covers the area of quality, sales, and after-sales services.Being certified ‘Van Partner by Mercedes-Benz’ is an official recognition of high-quality production. Indcar became a member of ‘Van Partner program’ in October 2016.
45 existing employees will soon embark on leadership courses; four new apprentices set to join soonBlackpool Transport has announced that it will invest in 49 apprenticeships in 2019 under a partnership forged with Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC).45 existing employees will undertake a staff development programme that will see them embark on a Level 3 or Level 5 apprenticeship in leadership and management.Additionally, four new apprentices will join the bus and tram operator over the coming weeks. They will study digital marketing, engineering and human resources as Blackpool Transport continues its programme of investment, modernisation and leveraging the latest technology.The development programme begins in May. It will be run through the operator’s recently-established virtual training school, which aims to foster lifetime learning and development and offer continuous training for all staff within the business.B&FC has been appointed as the learning provider for the apprenticeships. It will support employees throughout their studies over the course of the next 18-24 months. Tuition will take place using facilities available within B&FC.Says Blackpool Transport MD Jane Cole: “This investment in our people of the future is so exciting and a real milestone on our journey to providing a first-class local transport network with well-trained and highly-skilled staff.”B&FC Business Development Director Claire Lee describes Blackpool Transport’s apprenticeship scheme as “an ambitious workforce development strategy.”She adds: “Our partnership is a prime example of how by working collaboratively, we can make a long-term positive impact on the range and level of skills that all progressive and growing businesses are facing today.”
Industry shows its support after Ridleys’ coach is attacked at WembleyCalls have been made for stronger protection for coaches and passengers when transporting football supporters to matches, following an incident involving Warwick-based Ridleys Coaches.Taking place last Monday (27 May) outside of Wembley Stadium, Aston Villa fans began attacking one of Ridleys’ double-decker coaches, which had Derby County supporters onboard at the time.Video footage emerged showing the vehicle being hit with bottles and cans and some saying even a missile.Sam Archer, Engineering Manager at Archway Travel, has launched a JustGiving page for Ridleys after it sustained, what Mr Archer is estimating, around £20,000 worth of damage to one of its vehicles.Mr Archer says: “An Aston Villa supporter had set up their own JustGiving page which said the funds raised would be going towards coach repairs and some for the fans that were onboard. It was then revealed that the funds raised would be going to the broker which had supplied the coach, not the operator.“I thought it’s not really fair so we set the page up just to see if we can get a bit of support going for Ridleys.”A further update on the supporters JustGiving page states that all monies raised will solely be going to the Derby fans affected.Mr Archer has contacted the Confederation of Passenger Transport in a bid to gain support with the hope of finding a solution to keep passengers and coaches safe in the future.“It’s happened before and it will keep happening until something is done to change it,” he says.Donations to support Ridleys Coaches can be made at: bit.ly/2XwgQcA
Go North East has started an “extensive trial” of various electric bus models ahead of what it says will likely be more of the type joining its fleet beyond nine Yutong E10s that are already on order.Go North East currently has an Optare Metrocity EV electric bus demonstrator (pictured) in service around Gateshead and Newcastle. That vehicle’s use will potentially be followed by the evaluation of other zero-emission products.Managing Director Martijn Gilbert says: “The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has shown us how clean the air can be with fewer polluting vehicles on the road. Public transport has an important role to play in taking inefficient single-occupancy cars off the road by providing more green travel choices.“We are now underway with out next phase of extensive electric bus trials, which may see us add to the existing nine we have on order. It is great to have the Optare Metrocity EV on trial – a British-built product from a north of England manufacturer.”The Yutong E10s are being purchased with financial support from the government’s Ultra Low Emission Bus fund. They are due to arrive with GNE later this year and will be supplied by agent Pelican Bus and Coach.
An ongoing gauge of coach operator business confidence carried out by the routeone marketing team saw the result decline by a further 25.5% over the month to 8 October, to –0.59.The figure monitors attitudes and behaviours surrounding coronavirus COVID-19 and it is created through a survey of operators. It stood at –0.47 in September.The decline in October came as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) starts to wind down in favour of the less generous Job Support Scheme (JSS). The drop in confidence is apparent across all coach operating sectors. In the school contract market it dropped by 9% and in private hire by 4%. Business confidence in the day trips and excursions, short breaks and holidays and rail replacement segments varies only slightly from that recorded by the September survey.Business reopening: Some not until 2021 56% of those businesses surveyed closed temporarily due to the government’s movement restriction measures. Of those, 87% have now reopened. Of the businesses that are still closed, 32% intend to reopen by the end of 2020. The remaining businesses that are closed plan to reopen by May 2021.Number of vehicles off the road reduces in OctoberUnsurprisingly in view of the staged ramp-up to the new school year in some areas, the number of vehicles that respondents have on the road has improved since the September survey. In that month, 37% of operators reported that 91-100% of their vehicles were off the road. In October, that has improved to only 7% reporting the same number of vehicles off the road.The forthcoming Job Support SchemeOnly 25% of those surveyed indicated that their business will qualify for JSS, which succeeds CJRS on 1 November. 30% remain unsure if they can access JSS. Of the businesses that owners and Managing Directors believe will qualify for the new scheme, 50% believe that 81-100% of their workforce will benefit from it. Uncertainty over redundancies continues51% of those that completed the coach operator business confidence survey in October have been able to retain 91–100% of their workforce with CJRS in place. Conversely, 15% have retained only 10% or less of their workforce since the pandemic began.In September, 22% of operators thought their remaining workforce would be reduced by 50% or more as CJRS comes to an end. Following Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement of JSS, 37% of respondents in October now believe that it is very likely or extremely likely that they will need to make further redundancies. However, there is disparity over how much of their remaining workforce will be affected. The 37% is broken down thus*: 13% are unsure of how many redundancies they will need to make39% indicated that their workforce will be reduced by less than 20% 19% indicated that their workforce will be reduced by between 21-40% 13% indicated that their workforce will be reduced by between 41-60% 6% indicated that their workforce will be reduced by between 61–80% 10% indicated that their workforce will be reduced by between 81-100%. 40% of respondents have indicated that it is either not very likely or highly unlikely that they will make any further redundancies. For further information including research methodology contact [email protected]
(Photo supplied/Indiana State Police) A Granger man was arrested for having nearly three and a half pounds of marijuana in his car during a traffic stop on the Indiana Toll Road.The arrest happened around 1:15 a.m. on Friday, July 19 when an Indiana State Polcie Trooper stopped a black 2011 Camry for a moving violation on the westbound Indiana Toll Road near the 94 mile marker.While the trooper was speaking to the driver, Matthew Luger, 23 of Granger, investigators say he discovered a small glass jar containing suspected marijuana.A subsequent search of the Camry revealed nearly three and a half pounds of suspected marijuana in several clear plastic bags as well as paraphernalia.Luger was arrested and taken to the Elkhart County Jail for preliminary charges of dealing marijuana, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia. Facebook Google+ WhatsApp By Tommie Lee – July 19, 2019 0 321 Facebook Pinterest Twitter Police: Granger man jailed after being found with 3+ pounds of pot IndianaLocalNews Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Previous articleLaPorte County pays $132,000 in computer attack ransomNext article2020 Census looking to hire Hoosiers for temporary jobs Tommie Lee
IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Key South Bend city officials and department heads appointed Twitter By 95.3 MNC – January 7, 2020 0 480 Google+ Previous articleFormer SBFD Chief Stephen Cox to lead Indiana Department of Homeland SecurityNext articleApplications open for Indiana Sheriff’s Association scholarships 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Pinterest Facebook Pinterest (Photo Supplied/City of South Bend) Key city officials from the South Bend Mayor’s Office and heads of city departments were sworn into office on Monday, Jan. 7. The collective talent and experience position the administration to build on the progress and tackle the challenges before us.“I’m excited to hit the ground running with this talented team,” said Mayor James Mueller. “We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and make progress on behalf of our residents.”Chief of Staff – A native Hoosier, Kacey Gergely has been named Chief of Staff for the Mayor’s Office. Gergely was the Campaign Manager for Mayor Mueller’s 2019 Mayoral election. Prior to moving back to South Bend, Gergely worked on campaign finance and strategy for a statewide race in Georgia. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame, she served in the Peace Corps in Tanzania and then returned home to pursue a Master’s in Public Health from Emory University.Deputy Chief of Staff – Jordan Gathers has been named as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Mayor’s Office. Gathers joins the administration from Indiana University Health in the Office of the President engaging communications to both internal and external stakeholders. He previously served as liaison between Executive and staff members — overseeing the strategic planning team for $2 billion replacement hospital project. Gathers graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a B.S. in Journalism and Mass Communications. He also attended Butler University and later earned a Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.Director of Community Outreach – Shalon “Shay” Davis has been promoted to Director of Community Outreach. Davis has faithfully served the City of South Bend since 1998. In addition to her core duties as Executive Assistant to the Mayor’s office, Davis has served as the city’s United Way Coordinator, a board member of Mamas Against Violence (MAVs), Community Relations Coordinator for the St. Joseph County African American Democratic Coalition, volunteer with the annual Martin Luther King celebration, and volunteer coordinator with Toys for Tots. Davis is a native of South Bend, a graduate of John Adams High School, and proud mother.Many department heads from the previous administration have answered the call to continue their service:Aaron Perri, Executive Director of Venue, Parks, and ArtsChuck Bulot, Building CommissionerDaniel Parker, City ControllerDenise Riedl, Chief Innovation OfficerEric Horvath, Director of Public WorksKyra Clark, Director of Human ResourcesScott Ruszkowski, Chief of PoliceStephanie Steele, Corporation Counsel