Sunday 22 September 2019

Bus chief's 'no-deal' planning focused on fuel supply


Stephen Kent: He said insurance and spare parts were areas of concern
Stephen Kent: He said insurance and spare parts were areas of concern
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

Bus Éireann preparations for a no-deal Brexit focus on insurance, spare parts and fuel supply, senior Government officials have been told.

The bus company, which has routes to Northern Ireland, British cities and the European continent via the UK 'land-bridge' sent details of its preparations to the Department of Transport.

Chief executive Stephen Kent responded to a request from the department's secretary general, Graham Doyle, to outline its plans for a feared no-deal Brexit in April. His letter was released under freedom of information laws.

Mr Kent wrote: "Please be assured that Bus Éireann is making all preparations possible for all potential outcomes of the UK withdrawal process, including a no-deal exit."

He outlined a range of areas that were the "main focus" of preparations ahead of a possible crash-out on April 12. They included driver and vehicle licensing, insurance coverage, contractor preparations, spare parts and fuel supply and overall customer and employee communications.

A team was said to be meeting on a regular basis to ensure Bus Éireann's proposed action plan for no deal was ready for implementation if a crash-out was to occur that week.

Last night, Bus Éireann refused to outline what issues Mr Kent was referring to in relation to spare parts and fuel. Asked whether it related to concern that supplies would be jeopardised, a statement said "there is no such concern".

On issues relating to "driver and vehicle licensing", it said Bus Éireann was continuing to work with all stakeholders "to ensure that all required paperwork is valid in advance of and post October 31", the current Brexit deadline.

It said the company was continuing to monitor developments.

Irish Independent

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