A new compliance standard has been launched in Ireland, which aims to provide passenger transport operators with the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to safer, more efficient and sustainable bus and coach fleets by passing a series of tests.
Launched by the Freight Transport Association Ireland (FTAI), its chief executive Aidan Flynn said the new ‘PassengerSafe’ accreditation will raise operational standards and recognise excellence in passenger fleets here in Ireland.
“FTAI is committed to raising professionalism and compliance across Ireland’s road transport sector; following the success of our standards for commercial fleet operators, we are thrilled to launch a new scheme aimed specifically at passenger operators,” he said.
A PassengerSafe auditor assesses applicants against several categories, including: vehicle and equipment maintenance systems; safe working environment; vehicle standards; driver licensing and competence; road passenger transport operator licensing, as well as other key areas of health and safety.
This new compliance standard has been developed in partnership with FTAI’s members, with Bus Éireann becoming the first passenger fleet operator to attain it.
“With its exceptional commitment to safe, efficient and sustainable operations, Bus Éireann is perfectly placed to become the first certified member of PassengerSafe,” Flynn said.
Bus Éireann’s chief customer officer, Allen Parker added: “Safety is our number one priority, and I am delighted that Bus Éireann is the first bus and coach operator in Ireland to attain the PassengerSafe accreditation for best practise in transport operations and engineering, delivering a safe and reliable service for our customers.
“This accreditation is a great achievement for the company and our employees, showing our commitment to making the company a safer, more efficient and sustainable bus and coach operator.”
Bus Éireann is Ireland’s national bus company, employing over 2,700 people and operating in excess of 1,000 vehicles.