The former LTCOA (London Tourist Coach Operators Association) has expanded its scope and unveiled a new name, the UK Coach Operators Association, as it bids to compete with CPT in representing the sector as a UK-wide trade association
The organisation has recently recruited new members and now represents more than 50 companies comprising 1,500 vehicles and more than 2,500 people employed.
“During the very challenging year of 2020 the LTCOA continued to grow and evolve, with the majority of new members coming from outside the London area,” says Stephen Telling, UKCOA chair. “The membership suggested that we consider changing the name of the association to reflect that we are now a UK-wide organisation. It also reflects that, as a result of the pandemic and the cessation of most work connected with tourism, that members require assistance on all other aspects of coach operation.”
The UKCOA stresses that it aims to continue to work with industry partners, including other associations, to represent the views of its members and the coach industry to both local and central government.
Membership services will mirror CPT’s offering, including a crisis control centre, compliance assistance, a PSVAR working group, and will set up groups looking at future strategy for the coach industry in connection with clean air zones and Section 19 & 22 legislation and enforcement.