BUSK Approved Tour Operators
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What is BUSK Approved?
When you see this sign on a tour company's website or promotional material, it means that BUSK has licensed that company as an approved member. An approved tour company will ensure that all coach drivers employed or sub contracted by it will be provided with appropriate single room accommodation on all schools trips in the UK and abroad and for other trips carrying the general public.
Why is this important?
BUSK can reveal that up to 30% of coach crashes are linked to driver fatigue. Coach drivers that have contacted BUSK tell us that they are often forced to share rooms with co-drivers and sometimes other drivers they have never met before from different companies who snore or have other night time habits that keep them awake. This results in them not getting enough sleep.
Final day of the trip
The last day of a trip abroad can be a particular issue as not all drivers are provided with a legally required day bed so they can sleep ahead of the overnight drive back to the UK. This 21-hour drive home is shared by two drivers. By the end of their driving shift, they may have been awake for more than 30 hours. Drivers are telling BUSK that they struggle to stay alert and/or awake.
BUSK Approved is one method of establishing if the tour company you are booking a trip with has driver and passenger safety as a priority over cost. A BUSK Approved Tour Company listed on this website undergoes an independent audit every twelve months so BUSK can evidence that the drivers they use on your trip will be well rested and refreshed each time they drive your party.
For more information about BUSK's coach driver safety campaign please visit You Tube BUSK clip: https://youtu.be/sBKpL0EWPKc and visit http://busk-uk.co.uk/nightcap.