History & Mission

The Transport Friendly Society: Since 1885 – Over 130 years of service

TFS started in 1885 as a members’ club at a bus company providing peace of mind to drivers who, in exchange for a penny or two per week, knew that if they died while working on the buses, their loved ones would have some money to help them pay for essentials. 

The principles are the same today. We still provide that peace of mind through our Sickness and Hospitalisation Plans, as well as offering a place to save with our Tax-free Savings Plans. Membership is open to anyone associated with passenger transport their family and friends.

We aim to put our members at the heart of everything that we do.

Our Mission

  • Continue as a Mutual Society and promote and support mutuality wherever possible
  • Provide products and services that our members value
  • Respond to the changing needs of our members
  • Be an employer of choice

Our Values

Conducting all our dealings with integrity and aim to treat our members, staff and other stakeholders fairly

At Your Service, Throughout Your Service and Beyond

In 2019, the Transport Friendly Society had nearly 23,000 members across the whole transport sector, and assets worth in excess of £76 million under management.  And of course, we’re fully regulated by the UK’s financial authorities.

We are Your Mutual

We are a Mutual organisation which means we are owned by our members and run by passenger transport people for the benefit of passenger transport people. Only people involved with the passenger transport industry, their family and friends can become members – it’s almost like an exclusive club. Our Society puts its members at the heart of everything that it does.  As a Mutual Society we do not have any shareholders to pay dividends to.  The Society’s profits are ploughed back into the Society’s products and services for the benefit of its members. As a member of the Society, you will be invited to attend our Annual General Meeting and vote on any issues.  You will also be asked for your feedback on the service and the products that we provide to you.

Association of Financial Mutuals

We are also a member of the Association of Financial Mutuals (AFM). The AFM is the trade body that represents mutual insurers in the UK. For more information please visit the AFM’s website >>>

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Your money is protected by the FSCS: find out more here >>>