Moss Motor Tours
|Headquarters||Sandown, Isle of Wight|
|Service area||Isle of Wight|
|Service type||Bus Services, Coach Tours & Private Hire|
Moss Motor Tours Ltd. was a bus and coach company that operated on the Isle of Wight between 1921 and 1994. The company sold its assets in 1994 to various bus and coach providers on the Island and off. The name and "goodwill" of the company, but little else, was purchased by Southern Vectis in 1994 and is now used by the company's coach unit as one of several fleet names.
Moss Motor Tours was started in 1921. The company operated several bus routes and tours of the Island to cater to tourists, these included trips to see cruise liners, mystery tours, and round the island tours. The company also operated private hire vehicles. Moss' was based in Sandown, Isle of Wight and had shops where tickets for the various tours were sold. Several of Moss' coaches are now viewable at the Isle of Wight Bus Museum.
Post-deregulation, Moss Motor Tours operated several bus routes against the incumbent privatised bus operator Southern Vectis, these routes which used red buses, were branded 'Blue Ferret' bus services.
Most if not all original Moss Motor Tours coaches were bought new and were kept inside for much of the winter, in fact as testament to this, several of the coaches left from the company's sale in 1994 are still in use by both mainland and Island operators, particularly island based Gange's Coaches, who have two ex-Moss coaches, "Wight Envoy" and "Island Princess" in their original blue and cream livery.
- Southern Vectis. "Southern Vectis - bus hire". Retrieved 8 November 2011.
- Gange's Coaches. "Gange's Coaches - Coach & Minibus Hire on the Isle of Wight". Retrieved 8 November 2011.
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