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Terms and Conditions of Hire

Hereinafter Wilsons Coaches shall be referred to as The Company or The Operator.

1. Application
These conditions apply whether a contract has been made verbally or in writing.

The Hirer contracts with The Company upon behalf of The Hirer and as agent for all passengers travelling upon the vehicle. The Hirer expressly warrants that he has the full authority of all passengers to enter into this contact upon their behalf and to accept these Conditions of Hire. The Hirer shall indemnify The Company against any loss, claim, damages, award or settlement which may be made against The Company in excess of the exclusions and limitations of liability contained in the Conditions of Hire as a consequence of any lack of authority upon the part of The Hirer to enter into this contract.


2. Quotations
Quotations are given on the basis of the most direct route and information given by The Hirer. Any variations in mileage or timing arising will be charged for in addition. The route used will be at the discretion of The Company unless The Hirer has requested a particular route, which will be specified on the confirmation. Quotations are valid for 30 days from issue or for any period specified. Unless otherwise stated, admission and parking charges are not included. Where applicable, VAT will be charged at the governing rate at the time of invoice.


3. Use of Vehicle
Unless confirmed in writing by The Company, the vehicle should not be to remain at any point between the outward and return journeys, nor to remain available for The Hirer's incidental use when parked at such points.


4. Driver's Hours and Rest Periods
The hours agreed with The Company for the operation of any hire(s) must be observed (other than in the case of serious emergency or diversion) so that current regulations governing driver's hours and rest periods may be complied with. The Company reserves the right to curtail, or otherwise alter, any hire, which does not comply with the relevant regulations.


5. Seating Capacity
The Hirer must not load any vehicle beyond the number of passengers which it is legally permitted to carry.


6. Conveyance of Animals
On a private hire, no animal (other than guide dogs and hearing dogs notified to The Company in advance) may be carried on any vehicle without prior written agreement of The Company.


7. Confirmation
Written confirmation by The Company is the only basis for the acceptance of a hiring, or for a subsequent alteration of the terms.


8. Payment
a)
Any requested deposit must be paid by the time stated, and payment in full must be made before the start of hire, unless The Company has agreed in writing to a variation in this condition. The Company reserves the right to add interest at the rate of 2% compound interest per calendar month, after the date by which payment should have been made.

b)
The Hirer shall be personally liable for the payment of all deposits and payments, but in the event of failure by The Hirer to discharge such deposits or payment, The Company reserves the right to claim the same from each passenger individually or collectively, and each passenger shall remain jointly and severally liable for such payments.



9. Cancellation by The Hirer
Should The Hirer wish to cancel any arrangement, the following scale of charges shall apply in relation to the total hire charge.

Coach Hire
10 days or more
6-9 days
1-5 days
Day of hire
Arrival of coach at departure point

none
25% of hire
50% of hire
75% of hire
A charge will be made upon time & mileage involved subject to a minimum of 85% of hire

After departure
100% of hire


Cancellation due to inclement weather conditions are as above.
CANCELLATIONS MUST BE MADE TO THE COMPANY IN WRITING

Other Services
(Accommodation, meals, theatre tickets etc.) Cancellation charges will be levied according to scale in operation by The Company supplying the services. Theatre tickets are NOT returnable.


10. Cancellation by The Company
In the event of any emergency, riot, civil commotion, strike, lockout, stoppage or restraint of labour from whatever cause of the happening in any event over which The Company has no control (including adverse weather and road conditions), or in the event of The Hirer taking any action to vary agreed conditions unilaterally. The Company may, by returning all money paid and without further or other liability, cancel the contract.


11. Route and Time Variation
Should a vehicle be detained by The Hirer, or taken on a longer journey than that contracted for, The Company reserves the right to make an additional charge. During the hiring, the driver must be the judge of the reasonableness of any request for a change of route or time. In any event, the vehicle(s) will depart at the agreed time and The Company will not be liable for any loss or injury sustained by a passenger failing to join the vehicle(s) at the appointed time.

12. Vehicle to be Provided
a)
The Company reserves the right to provide a larger vehicle than that specified at no additional charge unless any extra seats are used. If extra seats are used an additional charge will be made pro-rata to the hire rate.

b)
The Company reserves the right to substitute other vehicles (including those of other operators) or ancillary facilities for all or part of the hiring, subject to such substitutes being of similar quality.

c)
Equipment within coaches (including radios, audio and video cassette player, microphone and public address systems, beverage and toilet facilities) is provided at the discretion of The Company unless the quotation specifies that any such facilities will be available. While every endeavour will be made to comply with The Hirer's subsequent requests, The Company cannot guarantee to meet any such requests.



13. Breakdown and Delays
The Company gives its advice on journey times in good faith, but does not guarantee the completion of any journey at a specific time, and will not be liable for loss or inconvenience caused by breakdowns or other delays.


14. Agency Agreements
When The Company hires in vehicles from other operators at the request of The Hirer and where The Company arranges ancillary facilities such as meals, accommodation, ferries, admission tickets or any other services provided by another contractor, it does so as agent for and on behalf of The Hirer. Any terms and conditions imposed by such other contractor through The Company shall be binding on The Hirer as if he had directly contracted such services.


15. Passenger's Property
a)
All vehicles hired out by The Operator are subject to restrictions as to their carrying capacity as imposed by statute. The Hirer accepts that the driver shall be the sole judge as to whether and to what extent, passenger's luggage and effects can be carried.

b)
The Hirer agrees that, in agreeing to carry the passenger's luggage and effects, The Hirer accepts that the driver does not carry the same as the bailee, but such luggage and effects remain the sole risk of the passengers concerned and The Company shall not be liable for any loss or damage of such baggage or effects of whatsoever nature or howsoever caused, including negligence.

c)
Not withstanding the above, should it be held by any court of law that The Company becomes the bailee of the luggage and effects, then The Company's liability for loss or damage of whatsoever nature or howsoever caused, including negligence, shall be limited to the value of the luggage or 30 per bag, case or package, whichever shall be the lesser.

d)
The Company does not accept liability to any damage to, or loss of property left upon the vehicle(s) by a passenger, whether or not with the knowledge of The Company, its servants or agents. All articles of lost property recovered from the vehicle(s) will be held at The Company's depot at which the vehicle(s) is based and will be subject to the current public service vehicles (lost property) regulations.



16. Conduct of Passengers
a)
The driver is responsible for the safety of the vehicle. Any passenger whose conduct is in breach of statutory regulations may be removed on the driver's authority. The Hirer will be held responsible for the conduct of passengers and for any damage caused to the vehicle by passengers during the hiring, or any person or persons associated with or in conflict The Hirer's party. The public service vehicle (conduct of drivers, inspectors, conductors and passengers) regulations 1990 apply.

b)
In appropriate circumstances, hirers should acquaint themselves with the sporting events (control of alcohol) act 1985 and current conditions of entry to racecourses laid down by the race course association ltd.

c)
Smoking prohibited on all company vehicles.



17. Complaints
Any complaints in respect of The Company's services should be made in writing to The Company's office as soon as possible but in any case within 14 days.


18. Notices
No bill, poster, sign or notice is to be displayed on any vehicle without The Company's consent.


19. Refreshments and Alcoholic Drinks
Other than on a vehicle fitted expressly for that purpose, food and drink, including alcoholic beverages, except for small items of confectionery (such as sweets or chocolate) may not be consumed on the vehicle without the prior written consent of The Company in writing.


20. Surcharges
The quotation given is based upon operating costs at the date of quotation and when more than 30 days elapse between the date of quotation and the date of departure, The Company reserves the right to pass on to The Hirer increases in cost of fuel or other increased costs resulting from government action or factors beyond The Company's control. However, the first 2% of certain cost increases will not be passed on to The Hirer in accordance with the package travel, package holidays and package tours regulations 1992, where applicable.


21. Insurance
All hirers and individual passengers are recommended to obtain insurance of those items where The Company's liability is limited (such as delay or luggage).


22. English Law
Orders are accepted only that the law of England and Wales shall apply to the contract arising from such an order and to the determination of the rights and liabilities of the respective parties, and in that no action or proceedings shall be brought by either party in relation to such contact except in a court of competent jurisdiction in England.
 
     
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