BCC to restructure
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by Noel Millier
THE BUS AND COACH Council is to be restructured to make it more relevant to the operating industry after deregulation.
Members attending the BCC's annual conference at Eastbourne last week were issued with a green paper entitled The Restructnring and Future Role of BCC.
BCC director-general Denis Quin said the paper considers such possibilities as reorganising the BCC into new bus and coach operating sectors in place of the present nationalised, municipal,. passenger transport executive and independent sectors.
Other possibilities include more regional sectors or sectors relating to the financial turnover or fleet size of operators.
The paper also goes into die possibility of establishing a suppliers' sector to allow manufacturers to become full or corporate BCC members,
In discussion that followed Quin's presentation, Tom McLachlan of Grey Green Coaches suggested that the independent sector hi you red the regional approach and Metro-Carnmell Weymann sales director Trevor Webster reminded conference delegates that manufacturers are already represented by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
BCC staffing is already be ing reorganised to make the directorate more flexible in the use of its resources and to put more emphasis on marketing the industry's services to the public and the services of the trade association to its members.
More effort will be put into trying to recruit the large 1111111 her of independent operators not yet members of the BCC.
Any change in the BCC's organisation will have to be decided by its members through the council and endorsed by an extraordinary general meeting.
It is envisaged that the "green paper" will be followed by a firm policy '`white paper' before the EGM is called.