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 1,250 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 1,250 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 Launches Coach Hire Exchange

We are pleased to announce the launch of Coach Hire Exchange, a cloud-based passenger recovery and job exchange service available free of charge to all coach and minibus operators.

Coach Hire Exchange (CHX) is designed to help operators find immediate assistance in the event of a breakdown, or any other situation where passengers need to be picked up and transported as soon as possible. It is also designed to make it easy for operators to find another operator to cover a planned job they need to contract out.

CHX can be used by any coach, minibus or associated operator handling their own private hires, contracts, day excursions, extended tours or express services. Any operator can post their own jobs and offer to cover jobs posted by other operators.

CHX is a standalone service and is not dependent on any other systems. It is incredibly quick and easy to use and is of equal benefit to operators both with and without a booking management system.

The CHX website can be used on a browser running on a desktop or laptop computer, a tablet or a smartphone. The website's responsive design adapts automatically to any size of display.

CHX is also available as a free app. The Coach Hire Exchange app for iPhone® and iPad® is available on the App Store™. The Android™ app is available on Google Play™.

CHX is an entirely free of charge service. There are no membership fees or commission charges. So you have nothing to lose and a great deal to gain by registering now!

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