The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) has officially launched ‘CPT Daily Checks’, a complete first-use and daily walk round check app designed specifically for the bus and coach industry.Launched in partnership with TruTac at CPT’s annual Coaching Conference at Volvo, Warwick on 15 November, CPT Daily Checks allows drivers to record and report at the touch of a button (on mobile or tablet) any vehicle defects identified either prior to a bus or coach entering service or at a later point during the day.left to right: Christopher Nice, CPT Communications Director – John Taylor, CPT Technical Executive – Peter Gomersall, CPT Deputy Chief Executive – Jemma James, TruTac Commercial Director – Lee Oliver, TruTac Head of Sales – Jack Chapman, TruTac Sales Manager.The paperless system also offers drivers an option to submit supporting photographic evidence and explanatory notes for any defect.The accompanying back-office system provides designated personnel with instant access to each vehicle’s full walk round maintenance history program, which includes details of reported defects, actions taken and information on the person(s) responsible for carrying out any required maintenance and repairs. The system also contains a full log of the times, dates and places that defects were reported along with support provided. The CPT Daily Checks’ Compliance Management System complies with all regulations as well as DVSA guidance on inspections and service maintenance records. Key features of the app include:– Industry approved templates for bus and coach operators– Individual driver alerts– Simple notes and defects pages– Instant access to a wide range of reports– Seamless integration with CPT Tacho AnalysisSpeaking at the launch of CPT Daily Checks, CPT’s Technical Executive John Taylor said: “We are proud to have worked closely with our Commercial partner TruTac over the past nine months during the development and launch of this new system.“The app is easy to use and makes drivers’ first use and periodic walk round checks, and the subsequent reporting of any defects, a simple and effective process.“We have a range of app packages available to suit bus and coach operators of all sizes. Over a third of our members use CPT Tacho Analysis and we are expecting the same high levels of demand for CPT Daily Checks.”John continued: “I look forward to demonstrating CPT Daily Checks to members as I attend regional meetings over the coming months.”Jemma James, Commercial Director at TruTac added: “As the recognised voice of the coach and bus industry, we are delighted to have established a successful partnership with CPT.“Their high operational and engineering standards provided the perfect knowledge base for CPT Daily Checks and we look forward to developing further initiatives together in the future.” The CPT Daily Checks app is available to CPT members at a discounted rate of £3 (£4 for non-members) per vehicle, per month from the App Store and Google Play.
Brittany Ferries has announced a new direct route from Ireland to Spain from the end of April.The service will link Cork and Santander, making two return sailings a week. It says it will be the first time there has ever been a ferry service linking Ireland and Spain.Brittany Ferries is celebrating its 40th year in Ireland: The Cork-Roscoff route opened on St Patrick’s Day in 1978.A new ship will be chartered to serve the route to Spain, called Connemara. It will follow the successful économie model that the company has established on services from the UK to France and Spain.Brittany Ferries expects a fifty-fifty split between passengers and freight carried.
Specialist coach, bus and minibus insurance broker and risk manager, Gauntlet, is advising operators that the livery they proudly sport when transporting passengers, can become their worst enemy should an accident, investigation or incident occur.Gauntlet MD Roger Gaunt says: “We live in a world of news-on-demand, with immediate reporting via social media and instantaneous photo sharing of situations that could prove immensely damaging.”To help operators, Gauntlet has published a free ‘Crisis PR Checklist’ and it is also offering a comprehensive legal expenses policy, that includes up to £10,000 of cover for crisis communications, should a professional media handling service become necessary.Additionally, the policy – specifically designed for passenger operators – provides cover for employee and contractual disputes, compensation awards, HMRC inspections, property damage, repossessing land or property from third parties, legal defence, protection against claims resulting from data protection breaches, debt recovery and infringements of restrictive covenants.Adds Mr Gaunt: “No operator can trade in a bubble, or think that reputational damage won’t affect them. “Underestimating how much media negativity can affect a brand or business is a big mistake.“We would urge all operators to download our tips and also consider our legal expenses cover that can bring experts in to micro-manage the crisis, once the initial notification and immediate response has been made.”Tips at www.busandcoachinsurance.com/download
Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company (PPG) has introduced a new disinfectant solution, D20R, to support industrial applications in the fight against coronavirus COVID-19.PPG says the new ready-to-use solution is proven to kill the toughest viruses and bacteria. This includes enveloped virus SARS-CoV-2, which causes coronavirus COVID-19.The solution should be left on a surface for five minutes, then wiped with a clean cloth, mop or sponge.The active agent in D20R is a quaternary ammonium compound, recognised by the World Health Organisation as effective in deactivating viruses such as SARS CoV-2. It works by breaking down membranes of the virus. The product is qualified to EN14476, EN1276 and EN13697 standards, water-based, non-hazardous, non-flammable, non-abrasive, non-corrosive, and odourless. PPG says it will ensure the product passes national biocidal registrations before it reaches customers.D20RD20R has been developed with PPG’s expertise in chemical products for industrial applications. It will be available in large quantities and at ‘the most affordable price on the market’ the company says. PPG adds that it has taken ‘great care… to ensure it is safe to use and compatible with a wide range of materials and environments found in the industrial sector’. This includes hard surfaces such as floors, walls, furniture, and high-touch surfaces can be cleaned via a wipe or spray application.D20R is now available in a five-litre pack size. This can be used to fill clean bottles with spray-pump heads. It should be used as part of a formalised hygiene regime adhering to best practice guidelines.
Gordon Mayne, Managing Director of Maynes Coaches of Buckie, passed away suddenly on 29 July. He was 67.Mr Mayne was the third generation of the Mayne family to be involved with the family business. His grandfather Jimmy founded the Moray operator in 1947. Trained as a welder in a local shipyard, Mr Mayne took the reins in 1982 after the death of his father Donnie.Since then, Mr Mayne has driven the company’s rise to become one of Scotland’s most respected coach operators. In 1992, with the fleet numbering around 20, former premises at Cluny Lane had become inadequate and a move to the current home on Marchmont Industrial Estate took place. Since then, Maynes has expanded to operate 45 vehicles and employ over 60 members of staff while maintaining a regular fleet replacement programme.One hallmark of Maynes’ holiday programme in previous decades was trips to Blackpool and Scarborough. The group would often find themselves travelling home on a new coach collected from Duple or Plaxton, respectively.Gordon Mayne with his sons David (left) and Kevin (right) in 2017Mr Mayne was also a regular sight at coach factories further afield as he and his sons David and Kevin specified and oversaw the construction of later fleet additions.Mr Mayne was acknowledged by his peers as being a true coachman. His passion for the industry was clear to all that met him and he and was involved with trade bodies that represented it.Maynes became a member of The Guild of British Coach Operators under his watch, something that Kevin Mayne recalls was a very proud achievement for the company.Mr Mayne also took great pleasure in attending industry social gatherings and events. When doing so, he was sure to fly the flag for Scotland. Although head of the company, he still ‘kept his hand in’ by driving day trips and tours when needed, subscribing to the view that he would never ask anyone to do anything he could not do himself.Mr Mayne’s wife Sandra died in 2011. The family business remains in the safe hands of the fourth and fifth generations of the Mayne family.The funeral will be private. Details of the date and route of the procession will be announced in due course on the Maynes Coaches Facebook page.
Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Previous articleCallers besiege Indiana DNR about tree-killing diseaseNext articleBabysitter facing charges in Kosciusko County toddler’s death pleads not guilty Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications. Twitter By Associated Press – June 4, 2019 1 345 Syracuse man faces rape charge following March incident at hotel (“Cuffs4” by banspy, Attribution 2.0 Generic) A Syracuse man is facing a rape charge that results from an incident in March.49-year-old Daryle Lee Smith was arrested Thursday.Warsaw Police responded to Kosciusko Community Hospital on March 30 in regards to a victim saying she had been friends with Smith. She had left a gathering with him, where he drove to the Deluxe Inn and she laid down on the bed.The victim then stated Smith laid down on her and started taking off her clothes. She pushed him away and said no several times.The report says an Indiana State Police Detective talked to Smith, who admitted to having sex with the victim after she said stop once or twice.A warrant was issued for Smith’s arrest on April 11. He is now being held on $20,250 bond at Kosciusko County Jail. IndianaLocalNews Facebook Twitter
Google+ IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks speaks during a FOX News Channel town hall, Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Claremont, N.H. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) WASHINGTON (AP) — An analysis of campaign finance data shows Pete Buttigieg has spent roughly $300,000 on private jet travel this year, more than any other Democrat running for the White House.The expenditures have enabled the South Bend mayor to keep up an aggressive schedule, shuttling from his campaign headquarters in his hometown to fundraisers and political events across the country.But his reliance on charter flights contrasts sharply with his image as a Rust Belt mayor who embodies frugality and Midwestern modesty.That could prove to be a liability in a contest in which relatability to everyday people has historically been key.Buttigieg’s campaign says the distance between its South Bend headquarters and major airports sometimes makes private jet travel necessary. WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Previous articleAmazon opens facility in South BendNext articleIndiana’s private employment numbers reach new high Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications. Facebook Twitter Twitter Jet-setter: Buttigieg leads 2020 Dems in private flights By Associated Press – July 25, 2019 2 383 WhatsApp Google+
Google+ Kosciusko County animal control officer suspended after animal shooting WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Twitter (Photo supplied/Carli Luca-News Now Warsaw) Protesters who gathered in the hopes of getting a Kosciusko County animal control officer fired are outraged that he was instead given a five day suspension without pay.About 60 demonstrators held signs and marched around the Kosciusko County Courthouse on Tuesday, July 23. They were at the courthouse square beginning at 8 a.m. and did not disperse until after 10:30 a.m.During that time, the Kosciusko County Commissioners held their regularly scheduled meeting. County Attorney Chad Miner presented a report that detailed what occurred when Clase responded to a call of an injured animal at an Etna Green property in June.The report says Clase was called out because the dog had growled at and attempted to bite a person. It goes on to describe the dog’s injuries as “an open sore” on its belly approximately six to eight inches in diameter that hung down two to three inches.Officer Clase shot the dog without the owner present. The report says Clase felt the action was necessary to avoid prolonged suffering for the animal.The owner found out the dog was put down when she called Clase later that day. The County Attorney says the dog’s owner asked “if she was in any trouble as a result of the condition the dog had been in”.The Indiana State Police had previously reviewed the incident and found Jerry Clase did not commit a crime. Still, County Commissioners decided to issue the five day unpaid suspension as discipline for Clase as a result of the incident.Demonstrators outside of the courthouse had a strong reaction in opposition to that decision, calling Officer Clase a “coward”.Protest organizer Phaedra Chaney used a bullhorn to call out, “we’re not done– this is the tip of the iceberg!”County Commissioners today also approved of a new animal control ordinance that gave further guidelines on how to handle encounters with injured animals. County Attorney Chad Miner says it will be a while before the new ordinance is put into action because they need to line up veterinarians that are able to assist with euthanasia should an animal be critically injured.Here is a full copy of the updated animal control policy: Animal Control Policy By 95.3 MNC – July 23, 2019 0 370 WhatsApp Facebook Google+ IndianaLocalSouth Bend Market Previous articlePolice looking at Boone County suspect for potential Delphi murder leadNext articleStrong distracted driving ordinance considered in South Bend 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.
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He was responding to complaints from continental customers of Mercedes-Benz executive cars, who point out that car buyers in the UK get a three-year guarantee on their new ‘Merc’, whereas buyers in the rest of the European Union only get a two-year guarantee.But Monti said: “The duration of the Mercedes cars warranty depends entirely on the European marketing policy of DaimlerChrysler.“The Commission does not view a longer duration as a restrictive competition practice which could prevent free trade across Europe,” he explained.