Australasian Bus & Coach Issue 402

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5 min
one step forward, two steps back

“I said blue moon of Kentucky [gotta] keep on shining, Shine on the one that’s gone and left me blue. I said blue moon of Kentucky, keep on shining, Shine on the one that’s gone and left me blue.” Now, when an old Elvis Presley song plays across your favourite music streaming platform while doing the weekend vacuuming with the your wireless headphones on, I think it’s kind of rude not to shake your booty along when it is such a catchy beat. A cover version I would only recently learn (thanks DuckDuckGo), my old man – a country music-loving muso and guitar player himself at family parties and anywhere, really – use to drown out the house with Elvis vinyl-record tunes and Blue Moon of Kentucky always stood out most. That and Viva Las…

2 min
greyhound resources sold to skybus-kinetic

MINING BUS giant Greyhound Resources has been sold to Kinetic (née, Skybus) following the execution of a contract to acquire the Mackay, Queensland, operator’s 170-vehicle fleet, Kinetic confirmed recently. The move – which does not include the Greyhound Australia business operating separate passenger coach services across Australia – sees Kinetic acquiring the largest resources (mining) bus operator in Queensland, delivering 179 contracted ‘busing routes’ across 29 sites, with services including airport to resources project transfers, dry hire and charter services. “Governments, airports, schools and communities across Australia count on us every day to run bus networks that exceed performance and safety standards.” It should be noted Greyhound Resources operates in the Bowen Basic, Hunter Valley, Olympic Dam and Darwin with key clients including BHP, Anglo American and Conoco Phillips. The acquisition bolsters Kinetic’s existing…

2 min
nzd$50 million ‘decarbonisation’ aid for public bus fleet

NEW ZEALAND government funding of NZD$50 million has been committed to Kiwi councils to help fully ‘decarbonise’ their public transport bus fleets by 2035, it was announced recently. The move has been welcomed by global bus-making giant Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and local bus-body builder Kiwi Bus Builders, the companies confirm. ADL – a subsidiary of North American’s NFIGroup Inc. – is to build zero-emission buses in NZ in cooperation with Kiwi Bus Builders, creating jobs and adding value to the local economy, it states. The funding to councils for the procurement of zero-emission buses is part of a series of measures intended to help meet New Zealand’s 2050 carbonneutral target, announced by NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Transport Minister Michael Wood. By decarbonising the bus fleet, the country aims to prevent up…

3 min
custom-denning element e-bus now adr approved

FOR BRAND fans the long-awaited Custom-Denning electric Element e-bus has officially attained Australian Design Rules (ADR) approval. The Custom-Denning Element was successfully registered on the national register as a compliant model as part of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act, Custom-Denning confirms. As a result of testing for this compliance the bus has given a (conservative) range of 500km, the company explains. The announcement comes 11 months after Custom-Denning first revealed exclusive concept images of its Element e-bus to a widely welcoming reception given the perceived need for innovative Australian bus manufacturing, and at a time the bus industry was starting to feel the effects of coronavirus. Custom-Denning spokesperson Mick Neskes said: “We always knew our bus would be lighter thanks to our forward-thinking engineers in developing this lightweight chassis, but we never knew…

1 min
bus operator attains key customer service standard

Transit Systems NSW has been ‘recertified’ to ‘Integration Level’ on the International Customer Service Standard (ICSS), it confirms recently. With the assessment evaluating the service, financial/governance, operational, and learning and growth perspectives of the organisation, the ICSS rates progress in terms of ‘intention’, ‘implementation’ and ‘integration’. The ICSS applies a balanced scorecard methodology to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of an organisation’s strategy and is the world’s leading customer service management-system measuring tool, it explains. The process of certification takes a whole-of-organisation view and challenges an organisation to consider if it adopts an authentic customer focus in all decision making, it adds. Transit Systems NSW is part of the SeaLink Travel Group, Australia’s largest integrated land and marine, tourism and public transport service provider, the organisation states. SeaLink Travel Group CEO Clint Feuerherdt says the…

3 min
‘next-gen’ zf ecolife bus transmission due soon

A ‘LIGHTER, more efficient and more robust’ ZF Ecolife bus and coach transmission is due to be released here in the Australasian/Oceania region. Said to be offering, “improved fuel savings of up to three per cent compared to the first generation transmission”, the compact weight-saving design Ecolife 2 is set to feature increased torque allowance of up to 2,000Nm for city bus use, ZF states. With a focus on lowering operating costs and emissions the “more highly developed” second-generation Ecolife will have an option for coaches that will cover an engine torque range between 1,700Nm–2,800Nm, says ZF. “It’s exciting that the Ecolife 2 bus and coach transmission is coming to Oceania,” said Shane Trenbath, ZF Services Australia technical services manager. FUEL SAVINGS As stated, via Ecolife 2 further fuel savings of up to three per…