Most Successful CTTC Coach & Bus Show 2016
The 9th running of the Coach & Bus Show 2016, held at the RDS Simmonscourt Pavilion, Dublin which was organised by the Coach Tourism & Transport Council (CTTC) in association with Campion Insurance, was the most successful to date, according to CTTC Chairman Joe Donoghue.
“The show was a marvellous success, all of us on the team were delighted with it. It was the best ever event for us, with great feedback from the trade exhibitors, coach and bus dealers and the operators. It was very well supported by the industry as it achieved a huge footfall over the weekend. A lot of business was transacted by the vast array of exhibitors. Special thanks to our main sponsor Campion Insurance for their continued support and a special thanks to all at Fleet Bus & Coach for their continuous coverage and support of the event.”
The Coach Driver of the Year competition, held in conjunction with the event and sponsored by Mercedes-Benz saw Gary Tobin (Tony Doyle Coaches) emerge overall winner of the Martin Guilfoyle Memorial trophy donated by Bernard Kavanagh & Sons Ltd. Niall Cronin Jnr (Cronins of Cork) was the runner-up with Peter Byrne third.
Following the CTTC Coach & Bus Show review in the December edition of Fleet Transport magazine, this Fleet Bus & Coach ezine features a second report highlighting stand exhibitors.
Continuing with strong support to the PSV industry, Campion Insurance was once again the main sponsor of the CTTC Bus & Coach Show for 2016.
Clarke Auto Wash
In addition to vehicle washing systems. Clarke Auto Wash had representatives on hand to advise on the increasingly important issue of water and waste water management.
The Ulster based firm offered guidance on the use of its alcohol breath testing system called Drivesafe. There is little doubt that demand for testing is on the increase from customers and regulators.
This striking stand certainly stood out at the show. The company is a recommended vehicle glazing supplier by Campion Insurance.
Campion Insurance – Part II
As a strong supplier of motor and business insurance for the transport industry, Campion Insurance can also provide cover other in areas such as life, home, and health.
Carlyle Bus & Coach
Glazing specialist and components supplier Carlyle was present with an impressive stand showing a wide range of products from its expansive catalogue.
Communications provider Fleet Connect updated operators on what has quickly become a standard expectation from the majority of passengers – a good Wi-Fi connection.
Dublin based supplier of Shell Lubricants, Triska Energy, brought upgrades on the range of Shell products along with their wealth of knowledge and experience.
Commercial Vehicle Components
A leading supplier of replacement parts for bus and coach sector, the Cork based Commercial Vehicle Components stand was constantly busy throughout the event.
Coach Glazing Services
Coach Glazing Services is a leading and approved supplier to many brand names and can provide support services throughout Ireland and the UK.
The Meath based transmission specialist has a reputation for repair and re-manufacturer of driveline components that is second-to-none. It is the main dealer in Ireland for ZF, Allison and Eaton.
Side by side at the show were two of the authorities which oversee many aspects of the industry. Both were attending in an advisory capacity and to answer questions from operators.
The Limerick company is a supplier of seating repairs, products and accessories for major OEMs like Isringhausen, Grammer and Pilot.
As specialists supplying on-board CCTV for over 25 years, this experience enables Synectics to meet the needs of a diverse customer base in passenger transport.
The Halo Group attended to promote amongst other ideas a vehicle check smartphone App to record and report any vehicle defects.
Truck and Bus Parts
In addition to a wide range of parts available from its Naas Road base, the firm supports its parts supply with a important technical knowledge and experience.
Ideas and products to help bus and coach operators with the never ending task of vehicle care, cleaning, and preparation were displayed.
With ever increasing levels of regulation, Tranzaura has a selection of products and services such as vehicle compliance and digital tachograph apps.
Modern Tyres reps informed operators how to generate efficiencies through improved tyre maintenance and monitoring.
Situated in Monaghan, Coyle Complete specialises in crash repair and vehicle painting. Recently, creative graphic design has been included in its portfolio.
Executive Travel Solutions
Picture with a new addition to their fleet are Keith Spain and Tony Williams of Executive Travel Solutions. The luxury minibus was produced by Paramount Conversions.
Offering complete solutions for handling of coins or cash, Scan Coin has various methods to track and trace revenues, and can report data in real time.
Coach Booking Systems
With a new management tool for accepting bookings and payments online, the CBS software will also issue confirmations and receipts confirming online bookings.
As well as attending its stand in the show hall, Swilly Group staff were present to highlight and outline its broad range of driver training courses.
The award winning software company can merge and integrate vehicle tracking for operators and Wi-Fi services for passengers.
Finol Oils Ltd
A major distributor of leading oil products including lubricants of the Total brand, Finol also demonstrated its Oil App which helps operators know if they are using the right oils.
The Tipperary based glazing specialists has for over thirty years worked with operators using OEM approved products to meet their vehicle glazing needs.
CC Lubricants is the Irish distributors for Chevron Oils. Chevron Group products include the Texaco and Ursa brand of vehicle lubricants.
With a growing network of service stations on the nation’s motorways, the Plaza rest areas are highly popular and appreciated by all professional and private drivers, and passengers alike.
Eursalog Kidybus Harness
The easy to use and practical child restraint is a highly flexible solution to an important safety issue, and a concern for all operators.
Applegreen Fuel Card
The fuel distributor and service station company promoted a variety of services it offers, including its fuel card for operators which can deliver important savings.
The Derry based company offers operators a selection of wheel trims and other accessories for vans, buses and coaches.
On hand to assist bus and coach operators with answers to queries on compliance and many other issues were the staff of the Freight Transport Association Ireland.
Highlighted by the bright sunshine on the outdoor display area adjacent to the Simmonscourt Pavilion were a group of four impressive VanHool coaches from Dermot Cronin Motors (Cork).