The Yellow Fleet
The logic for UTIL-BUS is inescapable; the new, pretty, Blue Coaches cost between £180,000 and £220,000 but the Yellow “Util-Buses” cost less than 10% of this to put on the road, even when the basic upholstered individual seats are replaced by Brand New “Utilitarian” seats in a 3+2 configuration (see the picture below) This cost includes the fitting of seatbelts, tachograph and changing colour to “school bus” yellow.
Once our fleet of “Util-Buses” have earned their daily keep by working Home to School Transport routes for HCC and one Private Sector College, they can be hired for at least 20% less than the price of one of the Blue Coaches for the same local journey, subject to the condition set out below. If you have a regular run (library, baths etc.) even more significant savings can be made.
As the complexities of insurance forbid most coaches allowing use of child booster seats (or car seats) the height-adjustable belts (designed with preschool age children in mind) mean passengers of ALL ages can travel safely.
NB: UTIL-BUSES have no underfloor storage for equipment or overhead luggage racks BUT with their high ceiling and low back seats they make ideal MOBILE CLASSROOMS in inclement weather! If you are travelling for more than a hour at a time, we recommend that a “proper” (Blue) coach is hired from the Richardson Travel main fleet. UTIL-BUSES cannot go into London LEZ.