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Member: Federatie van de Belgische Autobus- en Autocarondernemers (FBAA) / La Fédération belge des exploitants d’Autobus et d’Autocars (FBAA)

Company Name:Federatie van de Belgische Autobus- en Autocarondernemers (FBAA) / La Fédération belge des exploitants d’Autobus et d’Autocars (FBAA)
Address:Avenue de la Métrologie 8, B-1130 Bruxelles

Contact: Patrick Westelinck
Phone: 02 245 35 70
E-mail: patrick.westelinck@fbaa.be
Website: https://www.fbaa.be

Company description:

The Federation of Belgian Bus and Coach Operators (FBAA) is the only Belgian professional association in the sector of paid collective road passenger transport. It has 350 members and represents 12,000 jobs. The member companies are active in three areas:

- regular public transport (fixed lines)

- special regular public transport services (transport of students and employees)

- occasional services (tourist excursions by coach).


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Regular bus services

The regular transport sector comprises private companies that provide public bus transport on behalf of the regional public transport companies VVM-De Lijn in Flanders and SRWT-TEC in Wallonia. In the Brussels-Capital Region, all public transport is carried out by STIB itself.

In Flanders, these contracts are awarded after a market consultation organised by De Lijn on the basis of the public procurement legislation. Since the beginning of the 2000s, the share of private companies in the provision of public transport has risen sharply (from 33% to 45%). This is due to the introduction of basic mobility, which guarantees a minimum supply of public transport to citizens. In recent years, however, basic mobility has come under pressure, partly because of the budgetary context. It will evolve towards basic accessibility in the coming years.

In Wallonia, contracts of indefinite duration were terminated in 2014 with five years' notice. By 31/07/2019, these contracts will be awarded again. This modification of the contractual relationship will be prepared in close consultation between the SRWT-TEC on the one hand and the FBAA/CFA on the other hand.

Domain: Public transport & shared mobility

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Product website: https://www.fbaa.be/nl/fbaa/sectoren-actiedomeinen

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Autocar / occasional transport

Autocar companies offer their customers domestic and foreign trips to a destination. The first type is labelled as charter transport and brings individuals, groups and associations from and to their destination. The organization that commissions the trip takes care of the excursion, while the driver takes care of the atmosphere, the logistics in the coach and the safe transport.

In the case of an organised trip, the company is also responsible for the content of the excursion programme. Visits to cultural and historical places, catering and accommodation, a timetable and even leisure time are planned and worked out by the coach operator, and are usually carried out for the passengers by a tour guide.

Technically speaking, there are no fixed routes, stops or timetables.

For the sector (mainly of SMEs), the FBAA can play a leading role in the field of guidance and counselling in all aspects of the profession. This role is becoming increasingly important as the creation of the single market not only leads to fiercer inter- and intra-modal competition, but also to a number of general and specific regulations.

Domain: Public transport & shared mobility

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Product website: https://www.fbaa.be/nl/fbaa/sectoren-actiedomeinen

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Special regular bus services

Special regular bus services meet the characteristics of regular services (frequency, route, stops), but are only accessible to specific categories (pupils, employees...).

Pupil transport:
Pickup transport for pupils are by far the largest share. Within this subcategory, the regional PTO's De Lijn and TEC are the most important clients. In addition, contracts are also concluded with schools or local authorities.

In Flanders, De Lijn organises zonal student transport. In Wallonia, it is carried out by professional hauliers on the basis of a contract. In Brussels, the COCOF organises student transport. 

Employee transport:
Due to the increase in flexible working time arrangements and the emergence of SME zones, the importance of staff transport as a subcategory within the particularly regular transport sector has diminished. Collective company transport is in fact mainly aimed at large companies where employees work in shift systems with fixed timetables. The sector tries to respond to this evolution with adapted transport (pre- and post-transport from and to multimodal nodes) and adapted vehicle types.

Domain: Public transport & shared mobility

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Product website: https://www.fbaa.be/nl/fbaa/sectoren-actiedomeinen

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