Distinctive Systems is the leading supplier of software for coach, bus and tour companies. Established for over 30 years, more than 1,000 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 VOSA approved 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. Approved by VOSA, 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 1,000 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.

Distinctive Systems Appointed Google OEM Partner

Following recent negotiations with Google, Distinctive Systems has been appointed a Google OEM Partner and has licensed Google Maps for Business for integration into our Coach Manager private hire and contract booking system and our Tour Booking System.

Google Maps for Business is the most advanced mapping solution on the market. The annual cost for us to license it for unlimited use by our clients, as an integrated part of our software, is substantial.  Despite this, we will be providing the integrations, including the use of Google Maps, entirely free of charge to all clients with a current software maintenance agreement.  This functionality will be available to every user of our software at these clients.

Support for our existing Microsoft MapPoint integration will continue for the foreseeable future.  However, we expect most clients will migrate to Google Maps immediately when they receive the updated software version.

Google Maps is a worldwide solution, so, for the very first time, we are now in a position to provide our many clients in Australia, New Zealand and other locations not covered by MapPoint with an integrated mapping solution.

A major benefit of Google Maps is that as a web-based solution it is effectively permanently up-to-date.  Our integration will also include all the familiar features of the standalone free version including street views, satellite views and awareness of traffic conditions and road works.

In common with our existing Coach Manager MapPoint integration, Google Maps will be fully integrated with our built-in price calculator and will be able to plan routes and calculate travelling times and distances.  In our Tour Booking System it will be used for defining and displaying home pick-up areas and any associated supplements, for locating and displaying standard pick-up points and for optimising home pick-up routes.

The expected release date for the Coach Manager integration is mid to late August, with TBS following shortly afterwards.

New Coach Manager Connect Website Open to All

We are pleased to announce a major new enhancement to Coach Manager Connect that allows operators to share bookings with not just other users of our Coach Manager private hire and contract booking system, but also with any operator in the country.

Coach Manager Connect is an Internet based service that connects the booking systems at over 350 leading UK operators using Coach Manager.  It allows operators to easily subcontract bookings to other operators, or take on bookings being offered by others; instantly transferring details in both directions.

Previously, available bookings were only open to operators using Coach Manager, but now when a booking is added to Connect, providing it is not flagged as private, its outline details are instantly published to everyone following Distinctive Systems on Twitter.

An operator viewing a booking on Twitter can click a link to be taken to the new Coach Manager Connect website where its full details can be seen.  All other available bookings can also be seen. The operator can contact the originator using the details supplied, or if they have Coach Manager, make an offer directly via Connect.

Operators can follow Distinctive Systems on Twitter at @DistinctiveSys or view all available bookings on the Coach Manager Connect website at

Access to the Coach Manager Connect website is free of charge and is open to any operator, irrespective of which management software they may use.  Click here to read the full news article.

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