Euro 6 Emissions Legislation and the Future for Coach Hire

It has been 25 years since the ‘Euro 1′ standard required the fitting of catalytic converters to petrol cars, reducing the levels of carbon monoxide being released into the environment. Euro 6 is the latest in this series of standards and seeks to reduce pollutants such as hydrocarbons, oxides of nitrogen, particulate matter as well as carbon monoxide.

We spoke to John Dewberry, Managing Director of Allenby Coach Hire, to find out what he thinks of this legislation and how it affects the coach hire industry as a whole.

“We’ve known this has been coming for the last 5 years” explains John. “Because of our policy of replacing all our vehicles every 3 years, we have been choosing to buy Euro 6 vehicles and now more than half of our fleet is compliant with the new Euro 6 emissions legislation.”

Brexit and the May election

John believes that neither Brexit nor the upcoming May election will affect or delay these changes in emissions standards. “If vehicle manufacturers want to sell their products in Europe, or if coach companies want to drive in Europe, they will need to comply with Euro 6.

Also, the mayor of London has put into place legislation that will prevent non-Euro 6 vehicles from entering the congestion zone by 2019. So one way or another, if you run a coach hire company, you will eventually need to replace your fleet.”

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John Dewberry, Director of Allenby Coach Hire

Impacts on the coach hire industry

Needless to say, although these new standards have been expected for a while, it will mean major changes for anyone running their business using on-road vehicles. So what impacts will these changes will have on Allenby Coach Hire’s competitors?

“Some coach companies, if they don’t renew their vehicles frequently, will find it impossible to fund the replacement of their fleet. If the business owner is nearing retirement age, perhaps they’ll decide to retire early. Or perhaps they’ll decide not to offer any trips into London” John suggests.

“We’ve had this type of change before though, with Euro 5 and previous iterations, so in general, people will just get on with it” he adds.

The future of coach hire and emissions standards

In John’s opinion, this will be the last round of standards for combustion engine vehicles. “It’s likely that the next wave of changes will require all new vehicles to be electric” states John simply. “The coaches that we’ll buy next April, for instance, will be Euro 6 compliant. But they’ll probably be electric the following year”.

Overall John is positive about such changes and improving the air quality for all. “I think it is necessary to reduce the emissions that are coming out of vehicles on the road. Nobody wants their town full of dirty lorries and cars polluting the air. But it’s a very complex issue” says John.

“Electric cars may produce next to no particulates to get discharged into the air, but how is that electricity being generated? And what is the carbon footprint of making the electrical cars and vans in the first place? We need to have a view on the bigger picture of such environmental initiatives” he points out.

An alternative solution to electric vehicles is already being trialled in London in 2017 – the hydrogen-powered, zero-emission buses made by Wrightbus in Northern Ireland. The London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has committed to buying about 300 zero emission buses by 2020 for use in the capital.

“This technology is the ideal solution, the only byproduct of these machines is water, but they’re too expensive at the moment to be a feasible solution for the vast majority of businesses” John concludes.

One thing is certain, with his finger on the pulse of the future of transportation, John Dewberry will make sure Allenby Coach Hire stays forward-thinking and up to date will all regulations.

Allenby News January 2017

Welcome to the first 2017 edition of our new quarterly newsletter spotlighting just a few of the things we’re been doing over the last 3 months.

As you may have read in the press, we recently decided that it was unacceptable that the good people of Oxted should be unable to get to work because of the rail strikes. So we laid on 3 minibuses in the morning and 3 in the evening to help them out.

And when Southern rail decided they should lay on a replacement bus service, many people still decided to use our minibuses. You can read more about it here Daily Mail and also see a recent news clip here on ITV.

I’d like to thank everyone for their very kind feedback – and take this rather belated opportunity to wish you a happy new year!

Very best wishes
John Dewberry

Our reviews

We are very proud of our reviews. Thank you to all those who have contributed.

Here’s our latest ‘scores on the doors’:

Allenby Coach Hire reviews5 star: 104 reviews
4 star: 8 reviews
2 star: 2 reviews

Here’s what Mark Wright had to say recently:

“Excellent service during the recent southern strike. Its a shame you don’t advertise more widely, I only heard about this via word of mouth”.

It seems that even though Allenby have been in the area for many years, we’re still a bit of an ‘unknown’. So please, if you hear of anyone who might need transport, we’d be grateful of a mention 🙂

Thank you.

On the road

In the last 3 months we’ve taken some 51 groups on a wide range of visits. Here’s just a few highlights:

We took the good folk of Yew Tree Court Sanderstead to Le Personne Caterham (pictured)
HayesAra spent a fun day at the Portsmouth Christmas Market
St Marys Church enjoyed a trip to Oxford for their annual Carol Concert

Limpsfield Riding Club galloped to the Horse of the year show at Olympia
Parks School of Dancing sashayed to Saddlers Wells

…and we took several companies out for their annual ‘bash’

If you’re interested in hiring us to take your club on an excursion, please contact us (details below)

Our work with schools

Hockey

In the last quarter we’ve supported a number of local schools with their ‘usual’ day to day needs, but we’d particularly like to mention:

Sevenoaks school’s hockey match in Norwich
Woldingham’s students as we helped them to get to school during the rail strike
Sevenoaks school’s boarders as they did their Christmas Shopping before they returned home
Downe School on their trip to see Peter Pan at the Churchill Theatre (O no you didn’t – O yes we did)

Behind the scenes

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Allenby Coach Hire is a team – and it’s a team that works together to consistently deliver a reliable, presentable and friendly service.

This quarter, I’d like to pay tribute to the team using the words of just a few of our happy customers:

“From the first ‘phone call to Linda, Allenby’s staff were very courteous and efficient. The coach was of a very high standard and Bernard, the driver, was very helpful and friendly to all our guests”

“The booking was efficiently handled. The trip itself (to Glyndebourne) was a great success: the driver, Barry, was very considerate to the group (eg enquiring whether anyone needed a wc stop en-route). A good driver and excellent timings throughout”

“First class service from driver Geoff. On time at all points, very reliable”

“From start to finish I can’t fault Allenby Coach Hire. Very amenable, excellent communication and on the day, our coach driver, Andy, was very polite and helpful. All round, a great Company to work with”

and finally…

“It is very easy to book coaches with Allenby. All the team are so helpful and all the drivers are very friendly”

Take a bow, all pilots and ground crew

If you think we might be able to help you (or a friend) with a future event, please do call – and experience the Allenby team yourself.

Southern Rail Replacement Service

Southern Rail Strike Replacement Service is On!

Oxted – Sevenoaks non-Southern Rail Replacement

This is to confirm that we will be running our rail replacement service on the 10th, 11th and 13 January 2017.

Due to the alternative service being organised by Southern and the expected lower demand we will only be running the 7am and 7pm coaches,

We may add additional coaches if there’s an increase in demand – there would need to be a minimum of 6 people confirmed for us to implement an additional run.

The 7am and 7pm coaches will run irrespective of numbers.

The details

Pick up point: outside Sainsbury’s Oxted High Street (the Southern service will run from the cinema side)

Cost: £10.00 each way

Payment: to the driver before the start of the journey

Booking: must be made in advance. Please make your bookings either on our Facebook page or enquiries@allenbycoachhire.co.uk.

We wish everybody the best of luck with next week!

Regards

John and the Allenby Coach Hire team

Southern Rail Replacement Service

January Southern Rail Strikes – Coach Service from Oxted to Sevenoaks

Here’s the latest information about Allenby Coach Hire’s commuter run to Sevenoaks.

We have been hired by Southern to provide a coach service from 06.08 to 20.55 with other coach companies also being hired in. This service will be free of charge as far as we know.

We are also being approached by customers who used us during the last disruption saying that they would still prefer to use us, using the system we had in place last time. This would involve a payment of £10.00 per trip.

We are happy to offer this but obviously we run the risk of people using the free service and us not being required.

We are sending this post out to gauge whether there is enough of a demand for our pre-booked service to make it worthwhile to run.

Would you please indicate your preference by e-mail to enquiries@allenbycoachhire.co.uk or Facebook. Then depending on the demand we will make a decision on Friday afternoon.

Just to remind everybody. Our coach would run:

Oxted – Sevenoaks Sevenoaks – Oxted
06:00 18.00
07:00 19.00
08:00 20.00

The cost would be £10.00 each way, collected at the start of each journey. You would need to pre-book your seat as this is a legal requirement.

John and the team at Allenby Coach Hire Ltd

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Southern Rail Replacement Service

Southern Rail Strikes Replacement Service 2016 Update

Are you affected by the SouthernRail strikes on 13th, 14th and 16th of December 2016? We are trying to help reduce disruption by providing an alternative service.

We are running coaches from Oxted to Sevenoaks and back to help commuters get to work.

Coach times

Coach times will be 6am, 7am and 8am
Return service at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm

Pickup points

The pickup point in Oxted will be outside Sainsbury’s in the High Street.

The pick up at Sevenoaks will be at the bus stop near the taxi rank within the station grounds.

Booking

If you wish to use the service you need to contact us before you travel. *This is a legal requirement for us to operate the service*

Payment can be made on the day.

The cost will be £10.00 each way.

Please contact us by email on enquiries@allenbycoachhire.co.uk to make your booking.

We will run the service irrespective of the number of customers who book.

 

Southern Rail Strikes Replacement Service 2016

Southern Rail Replacement ServiceAre you affected by Southern Rail strikes December 2016?

We are looking at offering a mini coach service from Oxted to Sevenoaks and Oxted to East Croydon at hourly intervals from 06:00 to 09:00 and returning from 17:00 to 20:00 at £10 each way on each day of the strike.

This service must be pre-booked.

Please email enquiries@allenbycoachhire.co.uk to register your interest.

Allenby News October 2016

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