This issue is the 800th edition of Buses, which we’re celebrating with a look back over some of the milestone issues of the past. You will find that feature beginning on page 38, examining the highlights of each of the centenary issues and how the industry has changed. Should such an exercise be done in the future, I’m sure a look back on this rather eventful month will be interesting –a possible Stagecoach takeover, new vehicle developments, a continuing national driver shortage and a so-called petrol crisis dominate the news.

Hopefully by the time this magazine is published, the petrol panic buying will be over and done with. If nothing else, it has been a good opportunity for operators to promote their services as an alternative to the forecourt queues and drama, securing some more patronage. This assumes they can fuel their buses of course.

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