BUSK Approved Tour Operators
Where you see this sign....
What is BUSK Approved?
A tour company displaying the BUSK Approved logo on their website, indicates that they are pro-ative in ensuring coach drivers employed or sub contracted by them will be provided with appropriate single room accommodation on all long-haul trips in the UK and abroad.
Why are single rooms important?
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. There can also be a serious problem on ferry crossings where up to four drivers will share a very small cabin. Often a mixture of HGV and PSV drivers are expected to share in this way even though they are complete strangers. What driver is going to be able to sleep under these conditions?
Final day of the trip abroad
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.
What can you do to safeguard your party?
It is very simple. At point of hire ask the tour company how drivers are accommodated. If a tour company cannot or will not gaurantee that they will book drivers into single rooms somewhere quite then BUSK argues that they are failing to discharge a duty of care for passengers and drivers. Anyone making booking arrangements for drivers must ensure in law, that the arrangements allow the drivers to sleep adequately. If the tour company you are booking with cannot give you written assurances that the drivers will be provided with proper accommodation then how can you expect drivers to be refreshed each time they drive your party? It may be that your party will have to pay more but normally this is likely to be no more than £10 per head. Remember, there are some tour companies that offer what seems to be a 'good deal' but this could be at the expense of compromising safety for your party by forcing drivers to share rooms.