This Sunday sees the inaugural Norwich Bus Bash organised by First Eastern Counties. The new extended Roundtree Way depot will be opening its doors to the public, including the long awaited "rainbow" line up of all the different coloured routes. you can take a trip through the bus wash, sit in a driver's cab, inspect the workshops and more.
There are frequent free bus trips around the City, including County Hall where you can park, as parking at Roundtree Way is severely limited. My thanks to Chris Speed for the info, and hope to see many of you there.
Due to Norwich City re-arranging their home match against Sunderland to Sunday the plan to serve County Hall has had to be scrapped. Apologies for the false information but I've only just found out. This is also the reason buses to/from Roundtree Way can't serve the Rail Station.
What time does the service from County Hall operate? It seems to lack that information on the poster .ReplyDelete
Oh hang on I might have got that wrong! I'll check!Delete
Law Change to have a major impact on Community Bus services. This could also affect some demand responsive servicesReplyDelete
At present drivers are regulated lightly – anyone with a normal car driving licence can drive a minibus and checks ensure drivers do not have driving convictions or other criminal records.
A court ruling, has meant that the Department for Transport has now issued new requirements for councils to introduce stronger certification for community transport and ensure drivers have had training before taking out passengers.
To clarify the EU has now issued a formal Infringement notice that states Note for Profit bus service such as community buses , educational buses and church buses will now require a full PCV license as well as being registered with the traffic commisioners. Quite what happens now who knows as they are now operating in breach of the law which probably means there insurance is also invalidDelete
Some further info here http://www.busandcoachassociation.org/information/infringement/
THIS is why I and many others voted Leave. Nothing to do with immigration but to put an end to faceless bureaucrats interfering with systems operating perfectly well. I know the government had been urged to work with Community Bus operators to ensure the process is as smooth as possible and operators are given time to comply with and re-train staff to adhere to the new rules.Delete
Having read the notice I don't see that it would apply to church, Scout and school buses (i.e. run by the school for its own purposes). But I may be wrong.ReplyDelete
It may need aanother court case to clarify. It depends on exactly what is classed as a third party. If a school bus is owned and driven by a staff member I think it is ok. If a parent drives it that appears to be a grey areaDelete
With regard to community buses. We do have to comply with MIDAS and train to get a certificate to allow us to secure and carry wheelchairs and to be aware of the vulnerable persons we transport. Some of us also undertake sensitivity training too. Yes we will have to now comply with Driver CPC regs and where possible this is being addressed.ReplyDelete