Prospect Coaches yesterday took delivery of the latest edition to its fleet and the first of three 2017 fleet additions – a Plaxton Elite Volvo B11R Euro VI vehicle with the registration plate PR17 CPT. This vehicle will be followed by two further Plaxton bodied Euro VI vehicles one of which is nearing completion.
A number of the vehicles in the Prospect fleet have registration plates named after family and friends, and this latest vehicle bears the registration plate marking Prospect’s 9 years as CPT members.
Attending the event at the Plaxton plant in Scarborough were Prospect Coaches Managing Director Ros Hadley, Ian Hadley and General Manager Nathan Hadley, along with CPT Head of Public Affairs, Pauline Gaunt and Coaching Manager, Andy Warrender.
Ros Hadley, Director of Prospect Coaches said: “It has become something of a tradition that we “name” our vehicles after family and friends, and even our treasured pets! CPT has always given us great service and we find the help and support we receive invaluable. We regard the CPT team as true friends to our company so we felt it was a fitting tribute to name our latest acquisition after our trade body.
“The new Elite joins its sister Elite which carries Ros in its registration plate. All our new vehicles have alcolocks, CCTV, wi-fi and many other extras fitted as standard.”
Mark Ballan, Commercial Manager – Coach of ADL, said: “It is a delight that Prospect Coaches have returned to the flagship Plaxton Elite for their new coach and as CPT members ourselves, we are particularly proud to see it carry the CPT name. It will undoubtedly be a striking addition to the Prospect Coaches fleet and a fantastic advertisement for all involved thanks to its sheer visual presence.
“Besides the clean Euro VI engine, it is fitted with the latest in safety technology and its aerodynamic profile has been designed to offer a best-in-class drag coefficient that translates into further improved fuel economy. Prospect Coaches will benefit from the comprehensive aftermarket support and from commonality with earlier Plaxton coaches in its fleet.”
Pauline Gaunt, CPT’s Head of Public Affairs said: “It is a huge honour that Ros and Nathan decided to name a vehicle after CPT. Ros and her team are very supportive of CPT and are highly valued members. As with any trade body, members need to engage to get the most out of their membership. Ros and Nathan do just that. They get involved with CPT at both a national and regional level, and as a result make a real contribution to the work of the organisation.
“CPT recognises the difficult investment decisions our members have to make and the challenges facing the sector. Measures to improve air quality are high on the political agenda and CPT will continue to make the case to Government at all levels that buses and coaches are part of the solution to improving air quality rather than simply one of the causes.
“It is therefore very exciting to see Prospect Coaches investing in a Euro VI vehicle – the cleanest vehicles on the road in terms of emissions – bearing the CPT name.”