A Devon coach company is one of the first in the UK to be recognised by the Driver Vehicle (DVSA) Standards Agency for its high standards of safety and compliance.
South Hams-based Tally Ho! Coaches has been recognised by the DVSA as an earned recognition operator.
The DVSA Earned Recognition scheme is a voluntary scheme for all operators who can demonstrate a strong track record of compliance and adherence to standards.
The recognition comes at a time when the safety of coach and bus transport is coming under much greater scrutiny.
Tally Ho! have been quick to adopt the latest standards and IT systems recognised by the DVSA.
The company has been trading since 1923 and employs more than 70 people and it run 60 busses and coaches from their two bases in Kingsbridge and Ivybridge.
They are well regarded in the Plymouth area and have a good reputation for their coach holidays and known to several generations of Devon residents for their school bus services. They currently hold 25 contracts with Devon County Council, including five local bus contracts.
Don McIntosh a Director from Tally Ho! Coaches said: This is great news for our customers who now know they are working with one of the best in the South West. Joining this scheme is a challenge, you have to have a good existing track record before undergoing a very comprehensive audit. Our staff are very proud.
Dave Wood, DVSA Enforcement Policy Manager, said: Its about rewarding operators who are serious about road safety and having a relationship where we work with them. By doing that, we can free up time and resources to focus on the dangerous drivers and vehicles that put other road users at risk.
Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Councils Cabinet Members for the Environment with responsibility for bus services, said: Devon County Council is pleased to see the enforcement agencies and transport companies working together in this way and commend Tally Hos achievement.
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