More than 50 electric buses are set to start service in London

Posted on September 16th, 2015 by by Callum

Transports for London have been awarded two new routes for the fully electric single-decker buses.

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The two new routes awarded are the 507 and 521 which will be fully operated by the electric buses starting in August next year. A 5 year contract to operate the routes has been given to Go Ahead following a competitive tender process. This will mean that 51 electric buses will operate across the two routes that will become the second and third completely electric bus routes in London. By 2020 all 300 single-decker buses operating in central London will be zero emissions and all 3,000 double-decker buses will be hybrid.

When the electric buses have been fully converted, on routes 507 and 521 there will be a reduction of 408 tonnes of CO2 and 10 tonnes of NOx per year, when compared to single-decker diesel buses. They are emission-free at tailpipe and will provide passengers with an improved experience with lower noise and vibrations.

A further six electric single-decker buses, manufactured in the UK by Optare, are already in the Transport for London fleet. Four of them operate on route H98 in west London and two serve route 312 in south London which later this year will become the Capital’s first all-electric bus route. offer very competitive bus and coach insurance prices. For a quick quote call our specialist team today on 0800 980 3425.

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Interesting new VOSA statistics

Posted on December 9th, 2013 by by Marketing County

Some interesting statistics regarding the bus and coach sector provided by VOSA, as at 1st April 2013:

9475 Passenger Operator Licences are now in place.

95968 Passenger vehicles are currently licensed.

5924 S19 & S22 Permits are operating.

20625 local bus route registrations.

117 Public Inquiries into new passenger Operator Licence applications.

180 Public Inquiries for non-compliance.

11 Public Inquiries into bus punctuality/reliability.


It has now been announced that DVSA (Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency) will begin operating in April 2014, following the merger of Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA).

The DVSA prime responsibilities will be setting, testing and enforcing driver and vehicle standards in GB.

In Northern Ireland this role is performed by the Driver & Vehicle Agency.

If you are interested in obtaining a quotation for your insurance requirements, be it for a single vehicle or a fleet of vehicles, please call Steve Halliday on 07875 743 271 or alternatively leave your contact details on this website (using quotation page or contact us page)

We can provide quotes and policies for your vehicle insurance, liability insurance, excess protection, breakdown and glass cover so why not give us a try and see if we can help you save on your insurance costs.

Finally, Steve Halliday and his team at wish you all a very Happy and Safe Christmas.


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Bus and Coach Insurance – five ways to reduce your premium

Posted on June 3rd, 2013 by by Marketing County

As a bus or coach driver you will know that it is essential to get the right insurance in order to keep your vehicle and your business on the road.

Unfortunately, finding a policy that meets all your requirements doesn’t always come cheap. 🙁 Thats why, would like to make you aware of a few simple steps you can take towards reducing your premium;

1)    Choose a reputable broker:  specialise in bus and coach insurance and have solid working relationships with a range of  leading underwriters who offer us preferential rates.

It is a common misconception that you will always save money if you go direct to the provider. When you go through a broker, the underwriter can be sure the correct policy has been selected and you are more likely to be awarded with a lower premium as your considered less of a risk!

 2)   Increase your voluntary excess: It’s a simple equation. The higher the excess the lower the premium. However you should never set this to a figure your budget couldn’t realistically cope with.

 3)   What is your bus or coach actually worth? Many people believe that if they state that there vehicle is worth more than what it actually is then this will pay off when they come to make a claim. Unfortunately, this is not the case and you will only be paid out the market value despite a higher premium.

 4)   Maximise your no claims: our bus and coach insurance team will always match your existing no claims bonus. If your new broker won’t then go elsewhere. You may also be able use some of your no claims that you have built up on a car or van depending on your circumstances-ask us and see!

 5)   Get completely covered: This may not seem like the obvious solution, but ensuring you covered to face all situations will pay off in the long term.  Bus and Coach Insurance UK is a trading name of The County Insurance Group ( that offers an extensive range of business insurance solutions including public liability, employers liability and much more.

To compare bus and coach insurance prices click here or Freephone 0800 988 7288 to speak to us direct.