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IRU Smart Move Awards announces call for candidates

16 Feb 2017

IRU is launching the call for submissions for its global 2017 Smart Move awards to candidates who show excellence in putting in place business or policy practices that promote sustainable passenger transport by bus and coach.

IRU is today launching a call for candidates for the IRU City Trophy, Bus Excellence and Coach Tourism Innovation awards 2017. The objective of these awards is to highlight cities and passenger transport companies that promote a greater use of buses and coaches while respecting the Smart Move values of affordability, safety, environmental performance, efficiency and user-friendliness.

Yves Mannaerts, IRU Vice President and President of the IRU Passenger Transport Council (CTP) said, "Buses and coaches are the backbone of the sustainable public mobility chain. We created these awards to showcase the best within our sector, demonstrating the commitment of the bus and coach industry and pioneer authorities to meet the increasing demand for sustainable passenger transport, while making bus and coach services even more attractive, safer and greener."

  • Municipal authorities across the globe that implemented coach friendly policies recognising the value of visitors discovering their city by coach are invited to apply for the IRU City Trophy Award 2017.
  • Bus and coach companies, active in scheduled transport, whose focus is to increase their number of passengers by offering an outstanding service to customers can compete for the IRU Bus Excellence Award 2017.
  • Companies active in group tourism by coach who see the results of their innovative efforts in attracting more tourists to use their service are invited to apply for the IRU Coach Tourism Innovation Award 2017.

The international juries will award those candidates who represent the very best of what the sector has achieved and will promote the winners as a model to follow by industry and policy partners.

Detailed information on the competition rules and submissions can be found on the Smart Move website.

Discover the winners from the previous edition.


About Smart Move

Smart Move is a long-term awareness and advocacy campaign, initiated by the IRU and Busworld, to place buses and coaches, and the optimal solutions they offer, at the centre of the transport policy debate in order to achieve sustainable by mobility for all and meet ambitious environmental and safety targets. The Smart Move campaign aims at providing policy and opinion makers with accurate and reliable facts and figures in order to ensure informed legislation and induce policies allowing for doubling the use of buses and coaches and with strong arguments, encourage citizens to switch from private cars to buses and coaches.



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