The Right Choice for your School
From planning itineraries, sourcing quotes and finding an operator to ensuring safety standards are up to scratch; booking transport for your school can be a daunting task. Here we will walk you through some important things you need to know.
A bus versus a coach
When sourcing transport you'll notice the words bus and coach are used. There is a distinct difference between the two, which we will explain below.
When sourcing quotes ensure you ask the right questions to ensure you are comparing apples to apples.
- Know your trip requirements: How many passengers do you need to accommodate? Do you require seat belts? You will need to supply this information to get an accurate quote.
- Have your timings, destination and pick-up information ready: Costings are based on times, duration and kms travelled.
- Deal directly with the coach operator: Using a third-party transport broker will just add unnecessary cost to your transport quote.
A coach is built for comfort with added features like a toilet, TV/DVD, air conditioning, extra leg room, reclining seats, luggage space plus the added safety of seat belts for travelling on highways & long distance travel. Coaches are only licensed to carry seated passengers with seat belts fastened.
A bus is mostly suited to shorter trips and is licensed to carry both standing & seated passengers. Buses do not have seat belts or other added features.
Price vs Safety
A cheap quote may be inviting but can often involve a compromise on quality & safety. You may discover on the day that the vehicle you have booked lacks safety features, or is poorly maintained. If you want top-notch safety, look for evidence that your chosen operator walks the walk instead of just talking the talk. A safety-focussed operator will:
- Breath test drivers at the start of each shift
- Conduct daily fit for work assessments
- Random drug & alcohol test all drivers & staff
- Be available to contact 24/7
- Provide induction and ongoing training for drivers
- Own a modern and properly maintained fleet of vehicles
- Monitor driver fatigue & driving hours
Do Your Research
It can be daunting trying to choose the right transport operator. While it's important to source a competitive quote, no teacher or school administrator should compromise on safety. Be familiar with the requirements of your school, ask the right questions and ensure your chosen operator is the best fit.