'Get ready to say goodbye to empty vehicles' is the mantra by which Anthony Marett's business runs.
A job–matching website for the coaching industry, the purpose of Don't Travel Empty is to cut down on the number of miles coaches drive without passengers.
The traditional coaching job of taking a group of people from A to B, dropping them off and then travelling back to B without any passengers is a waste of time, money and fuel which Mr Marett would like to see reduced.
Instead he has developed a web–based system to support coach operators who want to fill their vehicles for that return leg – or something similar to it at least.
When subscribers to the site flag up a potentially empty journey, whether returning from or en route to a delivery, the site automatically searches for a match, sending out an email alert and Google map if it succeeds.
Mr Marett, a well–established coach operator through his business Marett's Chariots, believes the idea is not just about business efficiency, but also has environmental benefits by reducing the number of unnecessary journeys or coaches on Britain's roads without passengers.
Key developments include the integration into all major coach manager software in the industry via web feeds to fully automate a members' use of Don't Travel Empty