However, it’s not the only Volvo vehicle joining Docherty’s fleet as two new Volvo B8RLE MCV eVoRas have also been ordered, with one already in service on school runs and the other to be delivered shortly.
The 9700 has 53 seats, 49 seats when a wheelchair is included, and joins six previous 9700 models that Docherty has been running over the past 10 years.
And it is as a direct result of an increase in bookings as the tourism sector recovers from the pandemic that has seen Docherty’s turn to Volvo yet again.
A spokesperson for Docherty’s Midland Coaches, a family run business established in 1947 and based in Auchterarder, said: “It’s very encouraging to see tourists returning to Perthshire for golfing holidays and other tours.
“The Volvo B11R 9700 has already proven itself at Docherty’s so we had no hesitation ordering another new model, which will also be used for private hire, as we know it provides reliability, safety and a comfortable ride.”
Meanwhile, the two new B8RLE buses are the first that Docherty’s have had in the smaller 10.8 metre variant, the previous models being 12.8 metres long.
One is already in service, primarily being used for school runs, and the driver feedback is very positive.
Jennifer McGill, Regional Account Manager North & Scotland at Volvo Bus UK & Ireland, said: “Docherty’s are a loyal Volvo customer and it’s great to see them returning for more Volvo purchases.
“It is particularly pleasing to deliver the 9700 as Docherty’s, along with other businesses in the area, are seeing tourists return to Perthshire for golfing holidays and short breaks.”
For more information about,
Docherty’s Midland Coaches, visit https://www.dochertysmidlandcoaches.co.uk/
while for Volvo Bus UK & Ireland, visit https://www.volvobuses.com/gb/.