Our Accreditations & Memberships

Earned recognition is a new way for vehicle operators to prove they meet driver and vehicle standards. Participants regularly share performance information with the DVSA and in return, their vehicles are less likely to be stopped for inspections.

Earned Recognition is accredited to operators who record and submit data which satisfies key performance indicators relevant to vehicle maintenance, drivers’ hours and recognises operators that show high standards of compliance.

The DVSA admit that roadside checks cost operators time and money and use up their own resources. So that’s why they want to make sure that compliant businesses aren’t stopped unnecessarily. By using the Earned Recognition concept, it means that the DVSA can then redirect their resources to the operators who pose the biggest risk to road safety.

The Guild of British Coach Operators:

We are proud to be a part of the prestigious Guild of British Coach Operators – the only accredited member in the North East of England! The Guild represents the UK’s top coach travel, hire and bus companies. Guild members are required to meet a rigorous 44-point checklist, to subscribe to the Guild’s Charter, and fully complying with rules for the safe operation of buses and coaches; all Guild Member companies are fully licensed by the Government’s Department for Transport – Vehicle & Operator Services Agency. Visit the Guild’s own site for more in depth information.


Coach companies are required to achieve a 100% pass on the quality standards checklist before being accepted into membership, and are audited every two years to ensure continuing compliance. We have to show:

  • An honest and explicit description of coaches
  • An efficient booking and sales process
  • Written confirmation of bookings and hire terms
  • Effective maintenance procedures that exceed industry standards
  • Clean and well-presented coach drivers who are professionally trained and tested
  • Operations conducted in an environmentally sensitive manner


  • Punctual pick up
  • A fully functional coach
  • 24 hour emergency back-up
  • Courtesy and a prompt reply to enquiries
  • Concise terms of hiring in writing
  • Written confirmation of bookings
  • Uniformed drivers
  • A recognised complaints procedure

Coach Marque:

Our focus on transporting our passengers in luxury and comfort means we’re one of only 40 operators in the UK to be awarded the Confederation of Passenger Transport’s CoachMarque award.

The award is given for providing high levels of customer service, excellent safety record and fleet of quality vehicles, and is the only universally recognised kite mark of quality in the UK coach industry.

Corporate buyers can rest assured that the safety and well-being of staff both in the workplace and when outside on company business is taken care of; throughout the booking process a level of professionalism will be shown to ensure that your requirements are met satisfactorily. In the unlikely event of a breakdown, our 24/7 backup system ensures the minimum of delay.

When it comes to schools, we fully understand the strains and pressures placed upon educational establishments to ensure the safety of their children. You can be assured that your children are in good hands and are always a priority.

Of course, private hire bookings also benefit from the reliability, professionalism and safety standards that the CoachMarque demands of us.