Australasian Bus & Coach Issue 408

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in this issue

5 min
time waits for no man

Turn off the TV, I say. The best lockdown entertainment going around is the comments section of the newspaper articles published online, without doubt. It’s got everything. Covid stuff, non-Covid (actually, who am I kidding? It’s all Covid these days; it’s bleedin’ everywhere!), vaccine rollout success, adverse reactions, old virus information, new virus information – and a gamut of opinions and theories either side for you to sift through that could easily see you while away hours of enlightenment or indoctrination, depending on how you ‘think’ you see it.;) These are interesting times, indeed. Right about now, everyone has their opinions of what’s happening around the world, why it’s happening, then why it’s really happening, and only then what needs to be done. Problems, solutions. Problems, solutions. Armchair experts all around peppered…

3 min
busways wins sydney region 7 bus contract

PRIVATE AUSTRALIAN bus operator Busways has confirmed industry rumours that it has more than doubled its Sydney operations following being awarded the Region 7 contract. NSW Minister for Transport and Roads, Andrew Constance, announced the award of one of Greater Sydney’s largest bus contracts to Busways. From January, 2022, Busways will operate almost 1.1 million trips per year for customers in the Lower North Shore and Inner North West for Greater Sydney Bus Contract 7, extending from Parramatta into the Sydney CBD, Busways says. It is the first time this network will be managed by a private operator, Busways confirms. With an appetite for collaborative government and industry partnerships, the company is working across five of TfNSW’s Future Transport Technology Roadmap’s six priority programs for transport technology and customer benefits, it says. This includes projects…

2 min
aussie bus body builder partners with blk auto

NSW MID-NORTH COAST’s Express Coach Builders has entered into a commercial agreement with Bonluck bus importer BLK Auto to make zero-emission battery electric and hydrogen fuel-cell buses here in Australia. The pairing will usher in a range of zero-to-low emission buses and coaches co-engineered by the BLK and Express design teams specifically for the Aussie public transport and mining resources markets. BLK Auto – the Australian distributor for BLK (aka Bonluck) buses – has established the alliance with Express as the demand for zero-emission buses ramps up locally, with government and private bus operators starting to switch buying criteria to zero emission, the companies explain. BLK will provide dedicated battery-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell-powered chassis, with Express designing and building specialised bodies, engineered to suit the zero-emission BLK chassis. According to BLK Auto managing director…

1 min
adelaide o-bahn articulated bus tests underway

LOCAL ADELAIDE bus fans are loving being at the right place, right time to luckily spot the very first Bustech-bodied articulated Scania bus undergoing testing on the city’s O-Bahn transit system, scoop pics reveal. The keen interest is being heightened by the fact the last new Scania ‘artic’ delivered to the O-Bahn and Adelaide’s nice wide city streets was in 2013, nearly 10 years ago, trainspotters (bus-spotters?) have explained. As ABC magazine understands, the Euro 6-emissions K360-chassis bus in action is one of three artics, part of a 20-bus order all due to be delivered by December, 2021. Additionally, we understand these are the very first artics that either Precision or Bustech have ever done. Benefits of Euro6 artics, as experts will profess, include lower carbon emissions, less noise, they help get cars off…

1 min
iveco australia new bus boss announced

FOLLOWING A range of organisational changes at Iveco Australia, recently, latest re-appointments include a new bus department head, while company stalwart Steve Heanes departs. In a move to, “…allow the company to further streamline operations and better respond to customer needs,” the latest appointments take effect immediately across sales, aftersales, product development and marketing, and will assist Iveco to reposition itself in the lead-up to several exciting new model releases, whilst placing a renewed emphasis on customer support, it states. Current head of sales – truck and van, Glen Dyer, has assumed responsibility for the bus and special vehicles portfolio, Iveco Australia confirms. Dyer joined Iveco earlier this year and has extensive senior experience in the commercial vehicle industry with another prominent OEM, Iveco states. Additionally, a newly created position to head Customer Services…

2 min
dyson women bus drivers smashing cultural and gender barriers

A QUIET REVOLUTION is happening at Dyson’s bus depot in Shepparton, Victoria, where, since 2019, the Dyson Group has welcomed and trained three special women as bus drivers – breaking down traditional cultural boundaries and creating career pathways for a new generation of professional bus drivers, the company explains. In 2019, Gurpreet Kaur was looking for a career change. She recalled: “I used to be an aged care worker, but I wanted to do something new, something that had not been done by the woman of my community before. “I took the initiative to get my bus license and the Dyson Group offered me a job. “I am very proud to be the first woman in my community to become a bus driver. “The job gives me independence and control over things,” said Kaur. The…