Family firm B&N Coaches has collected a brand new Dacia Sandero car, which it won in an industry-wide prize draw by Don’t Travel Empty (DTE).Family firm B&N Coaches has collected a brand new Dacia Sandero car. At the handover are (l-r) Jim Howells, Norman and Brenda Poole and Anthony MarettThe draw was independently scrutinised and made by routeONE Editor Mel Holley. The free prize draw for operators, which ran for six months, attracted 540 entries from all over the UK.B&N Coaches operates 10 vehicles on a mix of schools, private hire and schools group travel.The Burnley, Lancashire-based firm was set up 13 years ago by couple Brenda and Norman Poole, who married in April.They travelled to Norwich – the home of DTE – to collect the car from local Dacia dealership Holden Group of Norwich.Says DTE’s newly-appointed CEO Jim Howells: “The prize draw is a way of saying thank you to operators. Some business, like banks, will offer an incentive to join; this is a novel way of us saying thanks for your loyalty.“While it’s important for us to gain new members, it’s important that we look after existing ones too.”Says Brenda and Norman: “We were very surprised to win a car, it’s not something we expected.”DTE MD Anthony Marett said as he handed over the keys: “We’ve had such a positive response and I’m really proud to give away a car.”
In an unusual set of circumstances, Gloucestershire Police prohibited a coach operated by Tempo Travel after a passenger was concerned about its condition and called the police.The police attended the coach in Gloucester, which they described as being “unroadworthy” and gave it an immediate prohibition for “multiple offences”.Unroadworthy coach operated by Tempo Travel was prohibited with multiple offencesThe incident, on 28 July, saw the MAN Noge not being allowed to continue on its journey after the PG9 was issued.Tempo Travel is operated by serial coach operator Rikki Lee Powell, 30, also known as Richard Powell.In a statement, Mr Powell said: “The vehicle was left overnight and the PG9 was issued before the driver could complete a daily walk around check. The vehicle had recently passed an MOT with no advisories. This is the only PG9 issued against us.”Mr Powell owns a number of transport companies which owe thousands of pounds to creditors – including £117,265 in 65 unpaid County Court Judgements – but now operates a sole trader O-Licence, although the Tempo Travel website shows it being run by Tempo Coaches Ltd.Mr Powell told routeONE he “does not know why” that is, and confirms that he operates as a sole trader.He says: “My previous companies are exactly that. They do not trade. The companies ceased to trade due to trading conditions, one being the start of the recession and the other being a customer ceasing to trade owing us a huge sum of money. This left us no other option but to close. “I trade as a sole trader now as a coach operator and do no brokerage. It has been one of the most difficult things I have ever done and I have made mistakes along the way but have learnt a huge amount during the period.”Coincidentally, two days before the incident, one of Mr Powell’s previous firms, Southern Coaches Ltd, was dissolved after being served with a series of Striking-Off notices by Companies House. The firm, which has 27 outstanding CCJs totalling £40,057, failed to file any accounts since 2010.Mr Powell is also the sole director of Romsey-based Tempo Coaches Ltd. Incorporated in 2012 it has never filed any accounts and has been the subject of Striking-Off notices, but these are currently on hold. It has 10 outstanding CCJs totalling £29,043. While the O-Licence and website records that Tempo Travel is at Unit 11-12 Belbins Depot, Sandy Lane, Romsey, Mr Powell confirmed to route one that “a couple of weeks ago” it moved to Unit D8, Central Crescent, Marchwood Industrial Park, Hampshire.Mr Powell is also the sole director of First National Coaches Ltd. Incorporated in 2011 it has never filed any accounts. It has 28 outstanding CCJs against it totalling £48,165. Striking-off action against it is also currently on hold.Of Mr Powell’s other firms, TheTransportDepartment.co.uk Ltd was dissolved in 2013, and Tempo Coach Services Ltd was dissolved in 2014.The Tempo Travel website describes it as having “25 year’s experience” and being a “young company and one of the south’s fastest-growing operators” and claims that it is audited by the Freight Transport Association. The FTA confirms that Tempo Travel is a member, but says that the firm “has not taken any of our audit and compliance services.”In sharp contrast to Mr Powell’s website claims including “the happiest coach company around”, there is a string of highly-critical negative reviews on the internet, with customers saying they have been let down by the non-appearance of coaches, including a recent one saying they had received an email saying “the company had gone bust.”Mr Powell holds an O-Licence for five vehicles. He appeared at a Bristol Public Inquiry (PI) in 2014, when he was given warning following issues over drivers’ records. He was questioned about complaints relating to coach hire and claimed other companies had let him down. At the PI he was granted a three-vehicle increase and an upgrade to an international O-Licence.
First Scotland East is to sell its operations in Midlothian and the Borders saying the new railway has made services “increasingly unsustainable.”The deal is expected to be concluded on 25 March, with West Coast Motors taking over from that date.It would see its Galashiels depot, Peebles, Hawick and Kelso outstations and all 113 staff transfer.First Scotland East MD Paul McGowan (pictured) says: “Despite the focus on services and the hard work of everyone across our business, unfortunately the introduction of the Borders Railway in 2015 has impacted demand for bus travel and our services are becoming increasingly unsustainable.“I’m pleased we have an agreement in principle to sell the operations to West Coast Motors, a reliable and well-established company.“I’m confident their experience operating in rural areas will be of great benefit to the business.”West Coast Motors says it would be inappropriate to comment while talks on the deal are ongoing.
Have you seen the Channel 4 show Hunted?The principle is simple; 10 ordinary people are selected to be dumped in a location. They must then use their wits, guile, and ingenuity to avoid a group of well-trained investigators and former police and military detectives to not get caught.All the toolsThis hard-nosed bunch is supported by a big team in a control centre, on the road teams, a surveillance helicopter and high performance drones.Given the pedigree of the hunters I’m mildly surprised that anybody is left after the first 10 minutes.In the episode I saw, the hunted were mixed collection. They included a deputy mayor, father and son team, retired head teacher and a former police officer.The hunted were driven to inner City Manchester where they all promptly legged it, seemingly without any plan to escape capture other than to run to ground and hide amongst the masses.The former mayor of Bradford legged it into a Subway where he persuaded a man shaped nothing like him to don his blue coat and pretend to be him. He didn’t last long.Escape by coachWhat stole the show for me was when a nice elderly lady, the former head teacher, decided that the best way to escape was to pop to Chorlton Street Coach Station and catch a National Express coach to Milton Keynes.One small snag was the fact that the hunters were able to scrutinise CCTV footage to identify her ticket and destination.So, the show tracked her getting on the coach, chatting to passengers, it even had a nice shot of the Coach Tracker logo for good measure.The hunters were licking their lips as they followed her progress southwards and the team were ready and waiting to pounce at Milton Keynes.And then she threw a clever curved ball. As they approached Milton Keynes she asked the driver if he had anyone to pick up, he said no, then she asked the passengers if anyone wanted to get off, again a resounding no.So, the Hunters could only watch with dismay as the coach thundered past Milton Keynes on its way to London.Coach tracker demoHowever despite her best efforts to camouflage herself by wearing a different hat, good old coach tracker could still track the journey and sadly as soon as she got off that was it, they nabbed her.Game over, all part of the service. Coach Tracker and Hunters one, hunted old lady nil.
Two new appointments at JJP Holdings Group-owned Crosville Motor Services (CMS) are setting a new course for the Weston-super-Mare based operator.It comes as further investment has been placed from JJP Holdings Group into CMS which will see “further positive changes for 2018.”John Wye (pictured, right) with Jonathan Jones-PrattCMS has also been successful winning a number of tenders in a recent Somerset County Council tender round.John Wye has joined as Compliance and Managing Director, focussing on rebuilding growth in the local area and leading the team to achieve the highest results with “ultimate value on compliance and delivery.”It means that interim MD Chris Hilditch is able to step back, having provided support in recent months generating positive results for the business.David Mason has been appointed Fleet Engineer to lead the engineering department. Previously with Go South Coast, he will building his own team with in-house engineering, focusing on high service delivery coupled with a ‘zero harm’ approach to safety and compliance.Says CMS Chairman Jonathan Jones-Pratt: “The two appointments to Crosville are a great testament to 2017’s learnings. It is evident that we are moving forward and attracting some great people into the business. “I welcome the new business structure and look forward to the business succession plan taking effect early Q1.“The team has all worked very hard and I am continually embraced by the can-do attitude of the staff.
Bullocks of Manchester has been supplied a new Yutong TC9 midi coach by Pelican Bus and Coach (07811 371654).A rear mounted Euro VI Cummins engine powers the vehicle, rated at 320bhp, one of the most powerful engines in its class. Transmission is the well-proven fully automatic ZF gearbox.Inside, seats are upholstered in half leather with a red interior. Wood-effect floor is lain down.The delivery follows successful deployment of a TC9 to Bullocks nearly three years ago.The Yutong was factory painted in the firm’s white, red and gold livery.Bullocks operates coaches from 28 to 70 seats. “It is a nice family firm to deal with,” says Assistant Sales Manager at Pelican Bus and Coach Simon Collins.
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Dublin-based commercial vehicle importer, distributor and assembler Harris Group has launched a concept for a fully kitted out mobile testing and vaccination vehicle based on an AOS Visigo rear-engined midicoach.It has been designed to showcase how a coach can be repurposed as “an adaptable resource to fit current needs,” says the Group’s bus and coach arm. The vehicle could carry a trained response crew and the necessary and associated laboratory equipment. That would enable testing and vaccination services to be taken to rural communities, schools and existing healthcare facilities.The conversion would take an existing Visigo and equip it with extras such as side awnings, removable seats for the crew, a toilet, a wet area, a boiler, a kitchen, four pop-up tents stored in the luggage bay, external lights and a portable generator. Laboratory equipment and other items could be customised depending on the customer’s requirements, says the company.Bus and Coach Division General Manager Chris Haughton adds that the customised vaccination and testing variant of the Visigo would be adapted from “a tried and tested model” that is already on the road in Ireland. “It will offer the necessary technology, flexibility, efficiency and mobility needed to adapt to anyone’s use case.”Harris Group previously created a stir at Coach & Bus UK in 2019 when it unveiled its Exodus model, which had also been customised from an AOS Visigo. That coach is adapted to suit a funeral application and it can carry a coffin in the underfloor luggage area. It is equipped with a ‘rover’ unit upon which the coffin can be carried, but is also suitable for use as a conventional coach at other times.www.isuzubusandcoach.ie
LL Travel of Mexborough has added a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter with a UNVI Vega EX conversion, supplied by Coachtraders.It will be used on a mix of work once travel demand returns. LL Travel has specified 22 reclining seats – each with a USB charging point – and a comprehensive entertainment system and twin microphones.In-dash and roof-mounted air-conditioning units are fitted, with the latter feeding to vents on the undersides of the luggage racks. Further baggage space is provided in a boot. A fridge is also fitted to the minicoach.Director John Law says that the operator has never purchased an UNVI before, but he adds that the Vega EX is “an attractive product.” Positive previous dealings with Coachtraders also influenced the decision.
Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Twitter Facebook Facebook Google+ (“Cuffs4” by banspy, Attribution 2.0 Generic) Three men have been arrested for taking part in the torture and murder of a Columbia City woman. 31-year-old Kimberly Dyer was burned, mutilated and tortured as she struggleed to survive at a home on Old Orchard Lane in Elkhart.On Thursday, Dec. 26, the Elkhart County Prosecuting Attorney announced the arrested of Donald Ray Owen, Jr., Mario Angulo, Jr., and Matthew Murzynski. Owen and Angulo are charged with Murder and Confinement Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury. Murzynski is charged as a Co-Defendant for Confinement.All three are also charged with Robbery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury and Confinement for their actions against a 32-year-old man from Sturgis.The prosecutor is seeking a life without parole sentence for Owen and Angulo.The Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office released the following information:Three Elkhart men have been arrested for their respective roles in the torture and murder of Kimberly Dyer, age 31 of Columbia City, Indiana, alleged to have occurred on or about October 21 and 22, 2019, at a residence on Old Orchard Lane on the east side of Elkhart, Indiana. Donald Ray Owen, Jr., age 20, and Mario M. Angulo, Jr., age 19, are both charged with Murder and Confinement Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, a Level 3 felony, for their actions against Ms. Dyer. In addition, Owen, Angulo, and a third Defendant, Matthew Murzynski, age 24, are all charged with Robbery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, a Level 2 felony, and Confinement Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, for their actions against one Robert Porter, age 32 of Sturgis, Michigan, alleged to have occurred over the same time period as Ms. Dyer’s torture and murder. Murzynski is also charged as a Co-Defendant of Owen and Angulo for Confinement Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, a Level 3 felony, for his actions against Ms. Dyer.Pursuant to Indiana law, and due to the egregious nature of the offenses, Prosecuting Attorney Vicki Elaine Becker is also seeking a sentencing enhancement of Life Without Parole against Owen and Angulo, including allegations that Ms. Dyer was intentionally murdered, and was burned, mutilated, or tortured while she was still alive; and, that the murder occurred while Owen and Angulo were committing criminal organization activity. Becker is seeking an enhanced sentence against Murzynski as well, alleging the Criminal Gang Enhancement applies due to his criminal organization activity with Owen and Angulo during the commission of the crimes.If successful, the sentence enhancement of Life Without Parole would exclude both Owen and Angulo from ever being released from prison. The Criminal Gang Enhancement allows for the sentence on the most serious offense for which a defendant is convicted to be doubled. The normal term of imprisonment for the crime of Murder is 45-65 years in prison. The normal term of imprisonment for a Level 2 felony is 10-30 years in prison, and for a Level 3 felony, the normal term of imprisonment is 3-16 years in prison. Credit time could be granted by the Indiana Department of Correction in the maximum amount of one day of credit for every three days of time actually served if a defendant is sentenced to a specific term of years. Accordingly, if convicted, Owen and Angulo could be sentenced from a minimum period of 45 years in prison, to a maximum of Life Without Parole. If convicted of all allegations, Murzynski could be sentenced from a minimum of twenty years, to a maximum of 92 years in prison.Becker originally requested that the filing of all charging documents be sealed by the Court in an attempt to apprehend each of the defendants timely and without harm, and to protect witnesses and investigative information while the defendants were still at large. Upon notification that each of the defendants were in custody on Friday last week, Ms. Becker requested the charging documents be released from the seal, except for the Affidavit of Probable Cause, which was granted by the Court.Mario Angulo and Matthew Murzynski appeared in the Elkhart Circuit Court on Thursday morning for their initial hearings where they were advised of the charges, their rights, and deadlines for filing certain motions in their cases. Judge Michael A. Christofeno also set a preliminary trial date of May 4, 2020, for both defendants. Attorney Status conferences are scheduled for next Thursday in Circuit Court, and a Pre-Trial Conference is scheduled for January 23, 2020, for both defendants. Donald Owen, Jr., was arrested in Waco, Texas on Thursday of last week and remains in the custody of the Sheriff of McLennan County, Texas, awaiting extradition.The Office of the Prosecuting Attorney and the Elkhart County Homicide Unit would like to express gratitude for the hard work and dedication of the Cass County Michigan Sheriff’s Office, the St. Joseph County Michigan Sheriff’s Office, the Sturgis Michigan Police Department, the LaGrange County Indiana Sheriff’s Office, the Elkhart Police Department, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office, the Elkhart County ICE Unit and the United States Marshals Service for their assistance during the investigation of this case and the apprehension of all three defendants in an efficient and effective manner. 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