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Coach Hire Covid-19 FAQs

 

1. Is it compulsory to wear a face covering on board the coach?

Yes. The government has also issued guidance that customers cannot travel if they do not have a face covering.

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2. What is classed as a face covering?

A face covering should cover the mouth and nose while allowing the wearer to breathe comfortably and can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head to give a snug fit. It should remain in place of its own accord.

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3. Do children need to wear a face covering on board?

Children under 3 years of age will not be required to do so. Children aged 4 - 14yrs will be asked to wear a face covering.

However, some leeway will be required for infant and primary-school-age children who may find this distressing or difficult and may therefore naturally fall into an exception of not wearing a face covering.

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4. Are there any exceptions for wearing a face covering?

Yes, exceptions will apply to any customers who have a disability or medical condition that prevents them from wearing a face covering. We will ask the person who makes the booking to let us know prior to travelling if there will be any passengers travelling without a face covering. The driver will then be informed of any customers boarding without a face covering due to their medical condition or disability. Home to School Transport is exempt from wearing face coverings as well.

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5. Am I able to remove my face covering to eat and drink during the journey?

Yes, your face covering can temporarily be removed whilst you eat or drink, but must be placed back on afterwards.

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6. If I don’t have a face covering, will I be refused to travel on board the coach?

Yes, it is compulsory to wear a face covering on board unless you are under the age of 3 or you have a medical condition or disability that prevents you from wearing one.

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7. If I get refused entry onto the coach for not having a face covering, will I be entitled to a refund?

No, you would not be entitled to a refund in these circumstances. The Government advice in England has been made clear on wearing a face covering on public transport and this was also made clear throughout the booking process.

Terms & conditions relating to this point:

You may be refused entry on-board the vehicle if you do not have an appropriate face covering, or You may be asked to leave the Coach if you persistently fail to comply with these rules. Please note you shall not be entitled to a refund if you do not have and/or fail to wear the face-covering as directed.

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8. Can I still use my mobile phone whilst on board the coach?

Yes, you can still use your mobile on board but please use messaging apps rather than voice or video calling to avoid removing your face covering.

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9. Will hand sanitiser be available onboard the coach?

Yes there will be hand sanitiser onboard every coach.

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10. Will the driver be issued with PPE?

- All drivers will be issued with masks, gloves, visors, antiviral wipes and hand sanitiser.
- It is mandatory to wear the masks, gloves and visor whilst checking tickets, loading luggage or temperature checking.
- It is not mandatory for the driver to wear the gloves, mask or visor whilst driving.
- At each stop that the vehicle stops at, to allow passengers to board or alight, the vehicle will be fitted with a screen to protect the customers from the driver, and the driver from the customers.

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11. Will there be enhanced cleaning taking place on the coaches?

Yes, a rigorous process will take place overnight on each coach using specialised chemicals to aid full sanitation.

During the day, the driver will be expected to keep the coach clean using the PPE and products provided and ensure procedures are followed at all times.

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12. Will the WC be available for use on board the coach?

Toilets can be in use if unavoidable.

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13. Will I need to have my temperature checked before boarding the coach?

Yes, customers boarding a vehicle that has been booked through us will be temperature checked on the outward leg of the journey.

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14. Are there any exceptions to temperature checking?

Infants between 0 – 3 years old are not to be temperature checked as this age range is susceptible to a high temperature due to periods of teething and attempting to temperature check an infant could also become a stressful experience for both child and parent.

The driver will seek permission from the parent/guardian for children 4 – 13 years of age before attempting to temperature to check.

Customers wearing burkas, turbans or other cultural or religious head coverings are not exempt, they will have temperature checks on their wrist instead of the head.

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15. If my temperature is high will I be allowed to travel on board the coach still?

If your temperature is above 38.2 degrees (this allows for machine accuracy and environmental factors), due to the safety measures in place to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection you will not be able to travel onboard.

If a customer presents a temperature above 38.2c and explains they have a medical condition or disability that impacts their temperature, we will allow boarding.

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16. Is it compulsory to have my temperature checked before boarding?

Temperature checking now forms part of our COVID-19 special terms & conditions of travel to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. If you do not wish to have your temperature taken you won’t be able to board the coach. You would be responsible for making your own way home and you would not be entitled to a refund.

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17. I have an outstanding quote/booking that doesn’t comply with current social distancing guidelines, what should I do?

Contact the Sales Team on 01425 473188 or by emailing enquiries@solentcoaches.co.uk, to discuss options relating to your journey as the social distancing guidelines are subject to change. Your quote/booking may require re-quoting to ensure we are complying with the current guidelines.

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18. If I make a booking based on current social distancing guidelines, but they are altered by the time I travel will my quote be affected by this?

If you make a booking with us based on current social distancing guidelines and at the point of travel these guidelines change then yes, your booking value may alter. If restrictions are lifted it could mean you would require less vehicles than initially quoted meaning your booking would be credited or if restrictions are increased, it may mean you require additional vehicles which will increase the overall price of your booking.

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19. How will social distancing take place on board the coach?

The vehicle capacity will be reduced to up to 50%/0.8 meters with the following conditions in place:

- The wearing of face coverings is mandatory for all passengers and strongly recommended for all drivers.
- Plastic visors will be issued to all drivers and it is mandatory that these are worn during any interaction with customers boarding and alighting/loading luggage.
- Seats not available will be clearly marked out of use and signage will be displayed throughout each vehicle.
- Fogging will take place daily
- An air filtration unit will be fitted to all vehicles
- Driver screens will be fitted to all vehicles
- Hand sanitiser will be available onboard our vehicles

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20. I am awaiting a refund, when can I expect to receive it?

Due to the current circumstances, refunds are taking longer than normal. Please bear with us and will process your refund as soon as possible.

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21. If I make a booking and I am unable to travel due to COVID-19 what happens?

As per our terms and conditions, a cancellation fee up to the full hire value is charged depending on when the cancellation is made by the customer. However we appreciate the difficult situation lots of our customers are in right now, so we have relaxed a lot of our usual policies to be as flexible as we can. Due to the current circumstances we appreciate that lots of travel is being re-arranged, hopefully when things get back to normal as soon as possible.

This means we will credit any monies paid against your account instead, so that if you rearrange for next year or travel on another date, you can just use that amount towards the booking. We’re also removing any amendment fees for movements of bookings as well. If you would like to just completely cancel the booking, we are happy to offer a refund of any monies paid as a gesture of goodwill and will welcome the opportunity to welcome you on board in the near future when you require coach hire again.

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