RHA promotes accessibility, recruitment and Covid recovery as it launches its coach policy
The RHA launches its vision for a better future for the coach sector, today (Monday 23 August).
The policy which has been developed with RHA Coaches members focuses on driving change in six key areas: Covid recovery, the environment, accessibility, recruitment, image of the industry and road infrastructure.
RHA Chief Executive, Richard Burnett said the policy sets the agenda for the Association’s campaigns to secure the best deal for the industry.
“Coaches play a vital role in the transport sector but many operators feel they’re taken for granted and dismissed by government.
“They came to us because they needed a voice so we’ve worked together to articulate their concerns and set out a vision to support them through Covid recovery and beyond.
“Our coaches policy gives us a solid foundation to press government for positive change to help our sector thrive.”
NOTES FOR EDITORS
RHA Coach policy – August 2021
Key points on the six policy areas:
Covid recovery: Government should promote coaches as safe travel and offer financial support which supports long-term viability of the industry.
The environment: Government must support coach industry through transition to alternative fuels.
Accessibility: PSVAR must focus on journeys rather than vehicles.
Recruitment: Introduce lower age limits to encourage more young drivers into the industry.
Industry image: Promote the industry as a key economic driver.
Roads: Better roadside facilities for drivers and improved coordination of roadworks.
WATCH: RHA Coach members explain why they joined and how they’re benefitting from being in the RHA (Video - 3:03)