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2020 Newsletter Highlights

As you know we publish a newsletter every new year with information about our holidays, day trips and company plans. Click here to read the 2020 newsletter in full. Aside from our wonderful holidays here are a few snippits for 2020....

Going Green

No, Alan’s not been on a boat again! It’s a reference to how the coaching industry is reacting to the desire to improve air quality and reduce emissions. For years our vehicles have had tighter controls on diesel engine emissions, the latest being a Euro 6 specification. But what for the future ?

You are probably aware of electric powered cars and buses…but there is now an electric powered 49 seat coach available from Yutong, the Chinese company where our two smaller coaches come from. The drawback for a coach is of course they tend to roam far and wide from base, and without a nationwide charging network, problems would soon be encountered. At present the electric coach has a 200 mile range on a battery charge, whereas our current coaches have 800-900 miles in a tank of diesel. The cost of the vehicles is higher too, starting from £310,000+vat. With improving technology the range is bound to increase, as is the support structure, so is electric power the future ? Will you see an electric coach at JAK Travel ? - Only if Alan can set up his Scalextric in the office !!

Brexit.

By the time you read this newsletter, the dreaded “B” word may (or may not) have happened. Like many companies we have not been immune from the effects of all the uncertainty of what is going to happen. Through our national trade association the Confederation of Passenger Transport we have been updated on a regular basis about what “paperwork” we would be expected to carry if our vehicles ventured overseas…however words like “may”, “expected” “possibly” etc, do not give any confidence of certainty, and as “unexpected “ legislative changes were made without warning whilst we have been members of the EU club….I dread to think what will appear from left of field when we are not members of the club…one of the reasons why we do not do European tours like we used to, and will not do so, until a confidence of certainty returns.

Brochure Corrections

Despite our best intentions we always seem to end up with a “gremlin” or two that gets into our holiday brochure, which only become apparent once they are out in the public domain. Ÿ Firstly we have published the Edinburgh Tattoo dates for the week before we intended – dates should read Monday 10th – Wednesday 12th August 2020, with the itinerary in the same order. Ÿ Secondly a number of tours show we only appear to have double bedded rooms available, this is not so, we also have twin bedded rooms allocated for availability – please ask. Also, it is always an issue trying to organise a brochure 12 months ahead, as it is surprising how many attractions do not know what their plans are beyond a year end or change their plans after we’ve spoken with them! Our apologies for any inconveniences caused if we have to change what we have advertised.

Find Us On Facebook

For up todate information on our excursions and day trips you can now find us on Facebook. Please like our page and keep in touch. https://www.facebook.com/JAKTravel

Travel Insurance

Since 1st January 2017 we are no longer able to offer you Travel Insurance on our holidays, as we took the decision not to renew our authorisation given by the Financial Conduct Authority for the direct sale of travel insurance. The process was becoming extremely time consuming, bureaucratic and expensive to operate for just the one insurance product we sold, so we have said enough is enough. We will now recommend an insurer for you to contact, as we believe it is extremely prudent for you to be insured, though of course, you are free to make your own decision whether you take the travel insurance through the company we recommend or go elsewhere. It is not compulsory to take out Travel Insurance (though recommended) for tours within the United Kingdom, but it is compulsory for tours outside mainland U.K. and we do need proof of adequate insurance being in place before travelling to destinations outside the U.K. This includes channel Isles and Isle of man and all EU member States. Please note that photo ID is required for travelling in to the Channel Islands and Isle of Man, Northern Island and ferries crossings, acceptable forms of ID are:- Full new style driving licence, bus pass, armed forces ID card, Student ID card, firearms certificate, photographic disabled badge or a Citizencard (which can be obtained from your local post office)

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