Australasian Bus & Coach Issue 404

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in this issue

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dedicated to the road ahead

In 2021, we are proud to reflect on our 5 decades supporting the Bus & Coach Industry. This year, we also celebrate 11 consecutive years of market leadership, which has been facilitated by our solid product and service offering, enabling us to foster strong relationships with customers, dealers and partners across the country - establishing Volvo Bus Australia as a well-respected and trusted industry partner. We look forward to seeing these relationships continue with our electromobility efforts. Our S-Charge chassis has demonstrated great success and we are working hard on the development of the awaited BZL electric chassis, due for release in 2022. We are grateful to have been a part of the Bus & Coach Industry these past 50 years, and we look forward to remaining your trusted business partner…

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stayin’ alive

Bags packed? Check. Shoes polished? Yep. Dental floss and trusty toothbrush – like that obscure ’90s television show ‘Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush’ said? Tick! Sex appeal? Still working on it… Living the work-travel dream of ‘living out of a suitcase’ looked set to resume this year as the 2021 Queensland Bus Industry Council’s annual conference and AGM lined up to take place on the Gold Coast in April. With the event postponed last year, for reasons none of us need to explain, the Australian bus industry was gearing up for a big one to kick things off in 2021 and enjoy the social bonding and networking at such occasions we had known and loved too well. Or at least try to. The week prior, though, right before the holy Easter holiday break, whooshka! Covid…

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transit systems tops on-time data

WITH FEW COMMUTERS wanting a bus service that annoyingly runs late or one that runs disturbingly early, the latest February 2021 Transport for NSW (TFNSW) on-time running key performance indicator (KPI) data has highlighted Transit Systems’ improvement – the operator placing first and equal second in Regions 3 and 6, respectfully. Scoring 97.5 per cent in Sydney Metropolitan Bus Service Contracts Region 3 and 97.2 per cent in Region 6 – the latter equalled only by Punchbowl Bus Company in Region 5 – the results mark solid betterment of Transit Systems’ bus service, particularly after receiving prior criticism for its efforts in its then relatively recently acquired Region 6 contract area. With Transit Systems achieving “its vision of operating a more reliable service in the Transport for NSW network”, securing both first…

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qld bus supplier starts ‘going green’ initiative

LEADING QUEENSLAND bus supplier Bus Stop Sales and Service has kicked off its ‘Going Green’ commitment prior to new electric bus products launching later this year, installing more than 400 roof-mounted solar panels on its massive Brisbane-based headquarters, it announced recently. In its move to solar power generation, as Australia’s biggest bus sales facility (by size), the company turned on its significant rooftop 100kW solar PV system (in excess of 400 individual panels) this month. ‘Going Green’ also involved replacing power-guzzling metal halide high bay lights and fluorescent office ‘tubes’ with efficient LED solutions, which use only a fraction of the original wattage for the same lumen output, the company explains. Other energy-reduction initiatives, such as the installation of movement sensor lighting in low traffic areas and the commissioning of on-site water tanks…

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volvo ‘bzl’ e-bus chassis on track for 2022 release

VOLVO’s forthcoming BZL electric bus chassis – due for release locally in 2022 – is eagerly anticipated to “revolutionise our product offering and electro-mobility efforts”, according to Volvo Bus Australia (VBA). The BZL project has been a thorough and rigorous undertaking, and is still currently under development for local conditions, at a time VBA celebrates 50 years of operating in Australia this year. “We are excited to further embark on our journey towards electro-mobility.” In marking its 50th anniversary, the Volvo Bus Australia team says it looks forward to the next 50 years as it continues to provide “ dedicated service and support to facilitate cleaner more efficient transport solutions”. “As we look to our next 50 years in Australia, we are excited to further embark on our journey towards electro-mobility,” said Mitch Peden,…

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volvo appoints new qld/nt bus account manager

BACKED BY 20 years of sales experience in the motor industry, Volvo Bus Australia (VBA) has appointed Leonie Conyers as its key account and retail manager for QLD/NT, effective April 1, 2021, the company has announced. Conyers has spent the past nine years with Volvo Group Australia, most recently with Volvo Penta, VBA confirms. After commencing her time with Volvo Group Purchasing in 2011, Conyers has since held a number of roles within the Volvo group, including seven years as a national fleet account manager with Volvo Trucks, and 18 months with Volvo Penta Oceania as a business development representative – industrial engine sales. Throughout her time with Volvo Group, Conyers has developed exceptional insights into various areas of the Volvo Group business and has maintained vital long-term relationships with key industry figures…