Golden Boy accredited

first_imgGolden Boy is the first coach operator to achieve the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT)’s Workshop Accreditation.Golden Boy, which conducts all its own maintenance as well as undertaking third-party work for other operators under its separate business GB Fleet Maintenance, has a five-bay workshop at its premises in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.The firm underwent a thorough two-day audit comprising 100 questions, conducted by compliance specialist Lloyd Morgan, to be awarded the accreditation.Designed and launched in 2014 by the CPT’s Engineering Committee with support from the Traffic Commissioners, the accreditation assesses coach and bus operators’ workshops, as well as dealer workshops, against a series of in-depth engineering compliance and health and safety-based procedures.Golden Boy is the second operator to achieve the accreditation, after Ipswich Buses (routeone, News, 25 February).Joint Managing Director Geraldine McIntyre tells routeone: “It helps with council tenders to have something like this – something that says we’ve been audited for quality, that we haven’t just signed up to a scheme with no checks.”“It’s another string to our bow,” says Paul Murdoch, Engineering Director. “It helps us to show our customers and potential customers what we’ve got, and what we can offer.”Bill Hiron, CPT President, presented the accreditation to Golden Boy. He says: “I offer my congratulations to the small team here who have worked tirelessly and meticulously over the years to ensure that Golden Boy Coaches is worthy of this industry status.“It’s a selling point for the operator, as it helps to show discerning customers that the company is serious about safety.”“That’s what it’s set out to do,” adds Stephen Smith, Operations Director of the CPT. “The accreditation is for CPT members who offer services to other operators, who can see it’s professionally audited and accredited. It’s reassurance that that CPT member takes their maintenance responsibility seriously. The vehicles are properly looked after, repaired and maintained.“There are quite a few operators considering whether to apply for the accreditation now. We hope that Golden Boy is the first of many coach companies to achieve it.”Click here to see the Golden Boy profilelast_img