A Brecon bus company has gained DVSA Earned Recognition status, making it the first privately owned coach operator in Wales to do so.

Local employer to Brecon and established in the 1950s, the family-managed business Williams Coaches took part in an audit process, where they showed a regular track record of compliance with road standards and regulations. By participating in the scheme, the company hope that customers will see its high regard for safety, as operators share compliance data with DVSA.

The bus company has an extensive fleet of coaches, minibuses and school buses and can cater for all events and occasions. They operate throughout Wales, the UK and Europe.

Speaking to Route One, Rose Williams, Williams Coaches Operations Director, says: “This accomplishment proves the high standards we uphold as a company. It is also a testament to the hard work of our driving, engineering and operating staff, day in day out.

“As a third-generation family-run company, we have a passion for the industry. Standards have always been high and we have always embraced industry advances and invested in the technology available to aid a compliant operation.

“As a result we have been able to monitor and work alongside the Earned Recognition criteria since the scheme was first launched. When we were completely satisfied that all the systems, processes and procedures were up to standard, we applied to join the scheme.

“Whilst it’s disappointing that price always appears to be the dictating factor with any hire or contract, we are hopeful that awareness of the Earned Recognition scheme will enable customers to understand the importance of compliance, regulations and standards.”