first_imgGolden Arrow Bus Services (GABS), the principal bus operator in Western Cape, South Africa, has selected Parkeon technology to help improve public transport.GABS has chosen the company’s on-bus and back-office technology to help deliver its future ticketing strategy for Cape Town and its metropolitan area.The deal includes 1,250 Wayfarer200 driver consoles, 62 fixed and mobile point-of-sale units, depot cashier and driver dispatching devices, and an integrated back office, depot management and administrative software solution.last_img read more

first_imgRotala, the AIM-listed plc that runs the Diamond Bus and Preston Bus brands, has bought family-run Hansons (Wordsley) Ltd.It runs local buses under the Hanson’s Local Bus brand around Stourbridge, to the south of the West Midlands conurbation, using 30 ADL Darts and Enviro200s on 19 routes.The firm was set up in the early 1980s as a driver training operation in Wordsley, near Stourbridge, by Margaret Hanson, 72. It then moved into coaching, and expanded into buses at the 1986 deregulation.Today, she runs the company along with her daughter Louise Starkey, 51.To fund the undisclosed purchase price, and “another privately held bus business which is at an advanced stage of negotiation”, Rotala has offered a share subscription to existing holders to raise £3.5m.It says some of the proceeds will also “be deployed towards further acquisition opportunities in the near to mid-term.”Hansons is close to Rotala’s Diamond Bus-branded operation in Redditch and Kidderminster, bought from First in 2013.Along with operations in Bristol, Preston and the North West, plus its Hallmark coach operation, Rotala runs 600 vehicles, and has a Stock Market capitalisation of £25mlast_img read more

first_imgThe most successful operators exhibit one thing clearly. They have a top-to-bottom culture of doing things properly without needing to be told to.Company ethos is set by those at the top. The way they stamp their authority cascades to others. Arguably the most important group who are influenced by it are those on the front line – drivers and engineers.There will come times for some operators when culture change is required. Delivering it successfully is perhaps the hardest task of all. But when executed properly, it can deliver more benefits than other improvement strategies.One experienced industry figure, who knows both how operators tick and how they approach compliance and good practice, observes that sometimes a culture exists around implied threats.Threats of what will happen if walk-round checks are not completed correctly. Threats of what the upshot of being unable to cover work will be. And threats of what may happen should the company be called to Public Inquiry.That’s not a healthy way to run a business, he says. Instead of using implied threats as a weapon, the individual concerned takes the view that coaching – particularly of those who are in the greatest need of change – is the only way to deliver genuine improvement.They go on to say that never should there be an environment of fear. Instead, a replication of the aviation industry’s near-miss culture is more productive. There, when things go wrong, there is no bid to apportion blame. Facts are examined with a view to preventing a repeat incident.The difference between a positive culture and a negative one captures a whole business. Only one with the former will ever reach its full potential.last_img read more

first_imgBaumot says that demand from coach and bus operators for its BNOx Euro 6 retrofit solution is increasing. Because of that, a restructure of Baumot UK is underway.David Hobbs has been appointed Director Sales and Service, while Keith Wiseman takes up the position of Director Purchasing and Logistics.At the same time, Baumot UK has recently secured orders to retrofit 18 coaches with the BNOx system. They are a mixture of Scania K 360 and Volvo B12 models (pictured). The supplier says it has also received an enquiry for coaches built on MAN chassis.Baumot’s development and service centre in Leyland is now fully operational. The company can undertake BNOx installations there, or at an operator’s premises.last_img read more

first_imgBath planning for November start date, while Tyneside looks set to begin in 2021, plans showBath and Tyneside have each moved forward with plans for the introduction of their respective Clean Air Zones (CAZs).In Bath, a city centre CAZ is proposed to commence on 4 November. Coaches and buses that do not meet Euro VI standards will be subject to a £100 daily charge. £9 per day will be levied on operators of non-compliant M1 and M2 minibuses, Bath and North East Somerset Council (BANES) says.BANES has submitted its plans to the government and hopes they will be approved by 14 February.It is “working closely with bus operators to help them to secure funding from the government” to retrofit or repower existing fleets, according to a report on the CAZ public consultation. BANES anticipates that all local buses will be compliant by the time the CAZ is introduced.For coaches, the report says that financial support for upgrades will be available to operators in the BANES area and those of neighbouring local authorities. More information will be released when it is available.Tyneside plans to introduce its CAZ in 2021. Non-Euro VI coaches and buses will be subject to a £50 daily charge to enter. The CAZ’s extent has been substantially reduced from that originally proposed. It now captures Newcastle city centre and four bridges over the River Tyne.Confirmation of Tyneside CAZ funding provisions for upgrading existing vehicles is awaited, but money will be available subject to government approval. It is proposed that up to £16,000 per vehicle will be made available for non-compliant coaches and buses, according to CAZ plans.Among exemptions being considered is one to cover pre-Euro VI hybrids. Additionally, a sunset period will apply to vehicles awaiting installation of retrofit equipment.last_img read more

first_imgBusinesses across the globe have been facing the same challenges to the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis: How can we do the same, if not more, with less?Taking steps to improve productivity and process efficiencies is not a new concept. But the motivation to do so now is being felt perhaps more acutely than ever before.The big challenge in the coming months and beyond for commercial workshops will be achieving these gains, and many are already looking at the costs of outsourcing their vehicle testing, recognising the value in bringing those activities in-house.Here, we take a look at some of those benefits.Stop paying per testDepending on the size of your fleet, the cost of routine brake testing each vehicle soon adds up. Investing in an in-house brake tester eradicates those costs and you might be surprised how quickly you can break even too.Faulty diagnosis and guaranteeing quality workmanshipTesting in-house can save considerable time (we will get to that in a moment). A by-product of this is that it will help drive quality. For instance, let’s say that you’ve brake tested a vehicle and the test has failed. The brakes then get inspected and adjusted before being re-tested. What if it fails again? Is it a faulty part? Has the mechanic done a good enough job inspecting and adjusting things?Testing in-house helps to get answers to these questions quicker… and without those annoying re-test fees!Save timeLet’s say you currently outsource the brake testing of your fleet. Every time a vehicle is taken to be tested, the vehicle and the driver are both unavailable to you. The time taken to drive the vehicle to a test centre is time the vehicle and driver could be on the road adding value to your business.What’s more, brake testers of the past used to require two engineers to conduct a test – one to sit in the vehicle and run through the test and one to view results on a large analogue display and shout instructions to the person behind the wheel.These days, with a tablet which connects to the brake testers computer via wi-fi, tests can be conducted by one person from the comfort of the driver’s cab. Simple!Save fuelFor the same reasons outlined above – cutting out those journeys to and from a test centre not only saves fuel, but reduces your carbon footprint as a result.Test several things at onceSo you’ve invested in a brake tester for your workshop and are already seeing the impact of those time and cost savings we talked about earlier. But could you economise further?Of course you can! The vehicle is already on the brake tester, so why not test things like headlamp aim or its diesel smoke emissions while the vehicle is in position? In just a couple of minutes, you’ve not only got a record of a brake test having been conducted, but the headlamp beam aim has been adjusted and you have checked the vehicle’s exhaust emissions are within the legal limits.When these additional checks can be conducted in a matter of a few minutes, why wouldn’t you do them in-house?MTS ConnectivityLike it or loathe it, the world is becoming an increasingly digital place. DVSA changes which became law in October last year state that MoT stations making new site applications or replacing older brake testers must purchase connected test equipment that can interface with the MoT test system (MTS).The advantages of connected equipment are many, but in short, they dramatically reduce the likelihood of data entry errors and facilitate even quicker testing, cutting out some of the associated administration work. What’s not to like about that?Attracting staffAs the saying goes, variety is the spice of life.Increasing the variety of work undertaken in-house makes the company more attractive to job applicants when you are recruiting – a good way to ensure you hire the best people. Similarly, it can have a positive impact on staff attrition rates and reduced turnover of staff equates to a settled, stable and productive workforce.So how much could you save?The time savings of bringing your brake testing in-house are instant and will be felt immediately. But the financial aspect is key when weighing up a capital investment, and that’s why we’ve created our brake test savings calculator.Just enter the number of vehicles in the fleet and the number of tests each vehicle requires each year. The calculator will not only tell you when you’ll break even but will give you figures over a ten-year period, demonstrating the full extent of what you stand to save!Give it a try today for free!Prefer to speak to somebody? Contact us on 01215 852 724 or at [email protected] to speak to one of our experts.last_img read more

first_imgThe first two Alexander Dennis (ADL) Enviro500 double-deckers have been delivered to Berlin. They form part of a framework contract for operator Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG).ADL has tailored the Enviro500 to suit operational requirements in the German capital. The buses are powered by the 7.7-litre Daimler OM936 engine and they are 13.8m long and 4.06m high. They have 80 fixed seats with an overall capacity of 112 passengers, with three doors and two staircases.An ADL spokesperson says that fitment of the Daimler engine is “project specific” to the Berlin buses, “but we would not rule out using it elsewhere if it was the right fit for a project or market.”In addition to the two buses already delivered, an order will be placed for 198 units following the successful completion of a testing programme with the initial pair. The framework contract captures up to 430 buses.A live indication of upper deck seat availability is provided at the bottom of the stairs and screens displaying next stops, connections and other relevant information are fitted. Interior lighting changes colour tone according to exterior temperatures. That will “assist passengers’ subjective thermal comfort,” says ADL.Adds BVG Chief Executive Officer Eva Kreienkamp: “Big yellow buses are as much a part of Berlin as the television tower and the Brandenburg Gate. I am delighted that we are now able to continue this tradition, while observing market developments for electric buses.”The manufacturer has recruited a local team in Berlin and invested in an office, service workshop and parts warehouse in the city to support future Enviro500 deliveries. It will also act as a regional hub for what ADL describes as “further European expansion.”The first two Enviro500s for BVG are expected to enter service in mid-November on flagship route 100. It links east and west Berlin. The buses weigh 16,400kg unladen and have a GVW of 26,000kg.last_img read more

first_imgFirst Bus has appointed Jon Tivey as Head of Environment. He will focus on supporting the operator’s ambition to deliver best-in-class environmental performance across its business.Jon brings wide experience of managing environmental programmes. He has previously advised Gatwick Airport and the Olympics.He says: “First Bus has been on a trajectory towards a zero-emission bus fleet for a few years. I have joined at an exciting time for the business and for the industry as we look to decarbonise public transport and significantly contribute to the green recovery.“Our Euro VI retrofitting milestone is a great reminder that the environment is an ongoing focus for the business. The retrofitting programme is one way in which we can significantly reduce harmful emissions.“I am particularly looking forward to using my experience of improving performance in all aspects of the environment over the long term, and to working closely with colleagues, our supply chain, clients and partners, and importantly our customers, to achieve our ambitions.”The arrival of Jon Tivey with First Bus is the operator’s second senior appointment of 2021. Earlier in January it named Doug Claringbold as Managing Director of its West of England business. He is to succeed James Freeman.last_img read more

first_img WhatsApp IndianaLocal By Jon Zimney – September 20, 2019 0 417 Man sought in connection with sex-related crime involving 13-year-old Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Google+ Pinterest Google+ Pinterest (Photo supplied) A search is underway for an 18-year-old man charged with performing sexual conduct in the presence of a minor and residential entry in an incident involving a 13-year-old girl.It happened on Tuesday, Sep. 17, when the victim told investigators she woke up to a man, suspected to be Kent Butler, 18, in her room using his phone to take pictures or videos of her, according to court documents.The victim screamed and Butler left through a window, the court documents stated.Outside, police found pants and underwear that belong to the victim. They also matched fingerprints to Butler.Anybody with information about Butler’s whereabouts, is asked to contact the St. Joseph County Special Victim’s Unit or Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP. Previous articleElkhart Police detective pleads guilty to breaking and entering, harassment chargesNext articlePhoto released of suspect in fatal gas station shooting Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

first_imgIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market (“A row of tea candles” by Markus Grossalber, CC BY 2.0) The loss of a family leader also means the loss of a popular restaurant in Granger. Victor Giannetto, of Giannetto’s Italian Restaurant, has passed away.He was described by family members as the best pizza maker, father, husband, grandfather and friend.A post on the restaurant’s Facebook page says Giannetto’s will be closed indefinitely and that the family is unsure of it’s future at this time. Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Giannetto’s restaurant in Granger closed after death Google+ Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleSpeaker Bosma stepping downNext articleKnox man, 21, arrested on child pornography-related charges Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. By Jon Zimney – November 19, 2019 0 541 Facebook Google+last_img read more