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Colchester coach company prepares to meet tough low emissions regulations with purchase of a new, greener coach

PUBLISHED: 18:06 31 July 2018 | UPDATED: 18:06 31 July 2018

Kings Coaches' new coach. Picture: Andrew Cousins

Kings Coaches' new coach. Picture: Andrew Cousins

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Kings Coaches, an Essex-based coach trip operator, has invested in a new £280,000 coach as part of its efforts to comply with low-emission regulations set by the EU.

To help improve air quality, an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be in place in central London from April 8 2019. Most vehicles including cars, vans and coaches, will need to meet new, tighter exhaust emission standards (ULEZ standards) or pay a daily charge to travel within the area of the ULEZ.

In order to prepare for the introduction of the new rules, Kings Coaches part-exchanged a non-compliant coach for the new 53-seat Izirar coach.

“The engine/exhaust system of our new coach meets the regulations primarily by greatly reducing the amount of nitrous oxides which are emitted out of the exhaust system,” explained Kings Coaches owner Andrew Cousins.

The new coach will transport customers across the UK and Europe, and has already transferred holidaymakers to France, with holidays to Austria lined up this summer.

Headquartered in London Road, Colchester, Kings Coaches was founded in August 1953 by Mr Cousin’s grandfather as a coach hire service, driving locals to church and Sunday school.

It has since extended its offering to coach tours, day excursions, transporting societies and clubs, along with holiday breaks across the UK and Europe. Including the new coach, it has a fleet of seven vehicles.

The business currently has a turnover of more than £1m, and employs a team of 16, including full-time and part-time staff.

Andrew Cousins, owner of Kings Coaches, said: “My grandfather started the business almost 65 years ago and we’ve come a long way since then.

“We’re still at the heart of the local community, providing transport for a wide range of occasions. Coach travel is becoming increasingly popular – it’s less hassle for holidaymakers and offers them a far more scenic journey.”

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