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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.

Coach Manager Online Portal Wins Innovation Award

Distinctive Systems has won the Gold Award for Innovation at this year’s UK Coach Awards. The award was presented for our newly introduced Coach Manager Online Portal.

The online portal currently adds two separate areas of cloud based functionality to our widely used Coach Manager private hire and contract booking system.

Distinctive Systems - Coach Manager Driver Portal Preview The first is an online portal that opens up access to Coach Manager for an operator’s clients. Our Client Online Portal lets clients request and accept quotations, list and check their bookings, view a statement of account and make secure online payments via a desktop and mobile friendly browser interface.

The second is our Driver Online Portal. This allows drivers to log in securely to a similarly intuitive browser interface 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.

A third online portal which will open up access to Coach Manager for operations staff is currently in testing and will be released shortly.

All three portals are a free enhancement for Coach Manager users with a current subscription or software maintenance agreement. Operators can either host the portals themselves, or they can be hosted on a server managed by Distinctive Systems for just £16.25 per month.

Click here to read more about our win at the UK Coach Awards.

VMS and the DVSA Earned Recognition Scheme

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) earned recognition scheme was officially launched on the 24th April.

Further to the participation of several of our clients in the pilot, we are pleased to announce that Distinctive Systems has been appointed a validated IT Supplier for the scheme.

The DVSA has classified a total of nine coach operators as founder members of the earned recognition scheme. Of these, seven are our clients and gained their acceptance onto the scheme using our Vehicle Maintenance System.

Click here to see who the seven clients are and to read more about earned recognition.

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