Australasian Bus & Coach Issue 401

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in this issue

5 min
always look on the bright side of life

Miffed, I was. Quite peeved, in fact, at this chap at school who accused me of talking nonsense all the time, saying it very fast and I was twisting stuff around really quickly in the moment. I recall the expression used was something like ‘covering my ass’. Playground expletives in response would not be needed, however, as he said: ‘Mate, you should do debating!’ And so I did for the last two years of my higher education – and as it meant my team and I would get to mingle with rival private school girls I figured, you know, what the hey? A justifiable strategy, no doubt, being a chubby kid meant the sports girls were just not up for conversations with a decent computer geek like me. However, there was a brilliant epiphany…

3 min
act govt e-bus ‘market sounding’: 90 buses sought

IN ITS ENDEAVOUR to kick-start its Zero-Emission Transition Plan for Transport Canberra, a ‘market sounding’ for 90 zero-emission battery electric buses – as well as associated operating requirements such as charging infrastructure, maintenance and energy supply – has commenced, the ACT government has announced. Minister for Transport and City Services, Chris Steel says the ACT government is exploring opportunities to partner with providers on this transformation of the ACT’s bus fleet and is keen to hear from all parts of industry to inform the future procurement of the 90 battery electric buses in mid-2021. “Transport is the ACT[’s] largest source of emissions, and we are getting on with our plan of replacing every diesel and compressed natural gas bus in Transport Canberra’s fleet with modern, zero-emission buses,” Minister Steel said. “The market sounding…

2 min
coachworks sold to royans

AUSTRALASIA’S LARGEST transport accident-repair specialist Royans has announced the acquisition of Brisbane-based bus and coach specialist Coachworks, recently. With more than 30 years in the business, Coachworks is an industry leader specialising in the repair and refurbishment of buses and coaches, with services including: accident repairs, refurbishment, retrofitting, refinishing, mini bus conversions and spare parts sales, it states. Coachworks’ Scott Isaacs will continue to manage the business and customers can expect to receive the same personal local service from the whole Coachworks team, Royans confirms. Coachworks is located in Acacia Ridge, Queensland, and now provides new owner Royans with a second Brisbane metro location just 20 minutes away from its Wacol branch, it says. This now provides customers with three specialised workshops in Brisbane following the recent construction of a dedicated light/medium truck repair…

3 min
iveco bus celebrates 125-year production

AS THE LARGEST bus manufacturing plant in Europe, the Vysoké Mýto Iveco Bus facility–located 180km east of the Czech Republic capital city Prague–has celebrated its 125-year anniversary of production, the company announced recently. Home to local iconic companies Sodomka and Karosa, the Iveco Vysoke Myto plant has a long-lasting tradition of producing intercity buses and coaches since foundation 125 years ago, the company explains. With more than 3,800 employees, plus 1,700 subcontractors, it is.one of the largest employers in the Czech Republic and Eastern Europe, and Europe’s largest bus manufacturer, with more than 4,000 vehicles made per year, Iveco confirms. This 125th anniversary is, above all, an opportunity to highlight the constant innovations achieved by Josef Sodomka Jr. and his successors, Iveco explains. Original technical solutions have become the basis for the launch…

2 min
australian bus corp rebranded to bustech group

IN A MOVE that seems as inevitable and logical as it does practical, the ‘working title’ Australian Bus Corporation – representing the conglomeration that was Bustech, Precision Buses and Elphinstone–has been rebranded more succinctly as ‘Bustech Group’, the company has announced. Touted as a major rebrand “to become one integrated mobility brand” and “building on its successful foundation as Australia’s leading independent bus manufacturer”, the Bustech Group rebrands with “a renewed promise to deliver innovative mobility solutions enabled by technology to drive the future of mass mobility in Australia,” it states. Coinciding with the unveiling of the new brand, Bustech Group launched a new logo and an updated corporate website (www.bustechgroup.com.au) focused on designing, building and delivering market-leading mobility solutions tailored to the needs of its customers, the group states. The rebrand solidifies…

3 min
advanced safety key to v/line purchase

TWO NEW Mercedes-Benz chassis with BCI bodies have received ‘the thumbs-up’ on V/Line runs in the return Melbourne to Mildura and Swan Hill areas, according to Swan Hill Bus Lines (SHBL), in Victoria. The family bus company added two new three-axle MB Euro 6 OC500RF based coaches with BCI ‘Cruiser’ bodies to its V/Line service for the long country runs. Owned by husband and wife Peter and Sue Pickering and operated by a very experienced team that includes their children Emma and Lachlan, Peter says they are very happy with them and that: “They are extremely quiet and comfortable. “Most importantly, they are fitted with the most advanced safety features like advanced emergency braking and a lane departure warning system, and keeping our passengers and the community safe is paramount for Swan Hill…