Distinctive Systems - Software for Coach, Bus, Tour & Truck Operators

Distinctive Systems is the leading supplier of software for coach, bus and tour companies. Established for over 30 years, more than 1,500 operators rely on one or more of our latest Microsoft SQL Server based systems for the efficient management of their companies. Our main systems are our Coach Manager private hire and contract booking system, our Tour Booking System and our Vehicle Maintenance System.

Coach Manager is a start to finish solution for the management of private hire and contract work specially designed for coach, minibus and chauffeur operators. The software offers secure handling of bookings, easy and efficient allocation of vehicles and drivers, client confirmations, driver work tickets, invoicing and a built-in sales ledger with extensive financial reporting facilities.

Our Tour Booking System is a complete management solution for individual passenger reservations on extended tours, day excursions and express services. In addition to being a powerful back office system, TBS incorporates a fully automated data driven website for handling online reservations from travel agents and direct clients, with real-time payment processing and automatic emailing of confirmations.

Our Vehicle Maintenance System is a workshop management package specially designed for coach, bus and truck operators. The software provides defect reporting, statutory inspection planning, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance activities, job cards and history recording. VMS streamlines the whole process and will help ensure records always meet the required standard.

Distinctive Systems

  • Industry leading software supplier
  • Established for over 30 years
  • More than 1,500 clients worldwide
  • Offices in UK, USA and Australia

Coach Manager

  • Private hires and contracts
  • Client confirmations and invoices
  • Vehicle and driver scheduling
  • Driver work tickets

Tour Booking System

  • Extended tours and day excursions
  • Back office and online bookings
  • Desktop and mobile client websites
  • Automatic emailing of confirmations

Vehicle Maintenance System

  • Workshop management
  • Statutory inspection planning
  • Defect reporting
  • Maintenance activity management
Software systems for coach based private hire and contract bookings, tours, day excursions and vehicle maintenance.

Exhibition Success at Coach & Bus UK 2017

Distinctive Systems would like to thank the many operators who visited our stand at Coach & Bus UK 2017.  We had several major new features on show for the first time and were delighted to have them generate so much interest.

New Cloud Based Functionality for Coach Manager
Distinctive Systems - Coach Manager Driver Portal PreviewOn show for the first time was a free of charge Driver Online Portal for our widely used Coach Manager private hire and contract booking system. This lets drivers log in securely to an intuitive desktop and mobile friendly website where they can view an online diary showing the bookings they have been allocated to. Clicking on a booking will immediately bring up the full details of its work ticket. Drivers can also print their work tickets directly from the website, or download them to a desktop, laptop or mobile device.

The driver portal follows hot on the heels of our recently released Client Online Portal. This lets your clients request and accept quotations, list and check their bookings, view a statement of account and make secure online payments via the same desktop and mobile friendly interface. A third portal, which will open up online access to the operations side of Coach Manager, is currently under development.  

VMS Electronic Job Card
Distinctive Systems VMS - Electronic Job Card The second new enhancement on show was the addition of an electronic job card to our Vehicle Maintenance System.  The electronic job card not only allows your workshop to become paperless, but also goes way beyond what can be achieved with the original paper document.

The job card is implemented as a web page running in a browser on a laptop or tablet device. Inspection and maintenance items can be ticked off as they are completed plus any faults and work done can also be recorded item by item. Any costs incurred or parts used can be recorded directly into VMS.

DVSA Earned Recognition
A new version of VMS itself, featuring the enhancements we have added to help operators gain DVSA Earned Recognition, was also be on show for the first time.  VMS is registered with the DVSA for participation in the ER pilot, so although the show is now over,  please give us a call if you are interested in taking part in the pilot.

Driver Walk-around Check Mobile App
Finally, the latest version of our award winning and free of charge Driver Walk-around Check Mobile app was also on show.  The app has benefited from a number of enhancements since its launch at the end of last year and is now available for both Apple and Android mobile devices.

If you would like further information then please go to our News page or call us on 01904 692269.

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