Please read our operation procedures, we have put these guidelines in place to protect yourself, your fellow passengers and our staff.
1. If you join the coach at the depot, our toilets will be available however, waiting room will be closed.
2. Face coverings will no longer be mandatory and up to the individual on board our coaches. However, most venues and attractions still advise you to wear a mask when visiting indoor spaces so we advise you carry a mask on you at all times.
3. Hand sanitiser is provided on the coach.
4. Our onboard toilet is only available for emergency use. Please ensure that you wash your hands thoroughly.
5. You are welcome to bring drinks, sweets and small snacks to consume onboard the coach.
We wish you a happy, safe and enjoyable experience with us,
Refunds, BCH credit notes and your travel protection
Kirbys and the travel industry in general havent been too good at explaining our current situation and our ability to issue refunds as quickly as we should and would like, partly because the situation is complex and requires a degree of patience from both us in our explanation and in the reader.
You will be aware that we are members of the Bonded Coach Holidays Group (BCH), who provide protection for your money, in the unlikely event that we cease trading. BCH are approved by the Government in providing this protection. However, this bond will not be able to provide any money to refund our customers in the case of a cancellation due to Covid-19.
Kirbys bond is provided by Barclays Bank PLC who hold a large cash guarantee which is provided by clients deposits, security over company property and personal guarantees. This money cannot be accessed whilst the company is solvent and trading.
All refunds issued to our valued clients have had to come from operating funds, funds which have been stretched to cover the operating costs of a largely mothballed company which has seen barely three months of significantly reduced trading in a full year.
Hopefully you can now see why we are not able to provide refunds immediately, but we will when we are able to resume trading. Because of this we are, in some cases, providing refund credit notes protected by the BCH allowing customers to book a future holiday or request a refund when trading resumes. Refund credit notes issued by BCH members in respect of coach-based package holidays are protected by the BCH Financial Guarantee in the event of a members financial failure.
The positive news is that protected refund credit notes are recognised by both the Government and Trading Standards
The coach industry isnt recognised as Tourism & Leisure or Retail and therefore is not eligible for any specific support from the government other than the contribution to the cost of furlough.
The irony is that Kirbys would need to fail financially for the money held by the bank to be released to clients through the bond scheme. Something we desperately want to avoid as all of our employees would lose their income and affect each of their families at a time when there are few job opportunities.
For us during this time its become about surviving the pandemic, doing right by our customers as quickly as possible and right by our employees so that we can continue to provide the holidays, theatre trips and days out that have been so popular over the last 68 years.
This message is approved by Trading Standards.