When we say that Members of the Guild of British Coach Operators are the best, don't just take our word for it.
All the Member companies of the Guild are required to meet a rigorous, 43-point
quality standards checklist
and to subscribe to our Charter (see box right). This is in addition to fully complying with all the regulatory rules
for the safe operation of buses and coaches; all Guild Member companies are fully licensed by the UK Government's Department for Transport -
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
and the Traffic Commissioners.
Coach companies are required to achieve a 100% pass on the quality standards checklist before being accepted into Membership
and are then audited again every two years to ensure continuing compliance. These audits against the defined standards are carried
out by an independent expert firm,
Lloyd Morgan Group Ltd, who have extensive experience in this field.
In 2015 our standards were refreshed and updated. In addition, 23 extra checks are being added and these become compulsory for all members from autumn 2016,
although some members have already been audited against and have passed the full expanded list. If you want to check when a member was last audited and which
version of the standards they passed, contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Guild's quality standards cover a wide range of points including the safe operation of coach hires and environmental awareness.
In summary, Guild Members must prove they have:
- honest and explicit descriptions 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 coaches
- drivers who are professionally trained and tested
- operations conducted in an environmentally sensitive manner
Read our full quality standards checklist (74kB pdf, opens in a new window).
Award Winning Service
Guild Members simply are the best in the industry! Don't just take our word for it, see our list of
awards that current Members have won in recent years. In addition, some Members hold
Investors in People accreditation.