The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) signed a contract on January 18 with MARA Liner Sdn Bhd, signalling the pre-launch of the myBAS Kuala Terengganu service under the Stage Bus Service Transformation (SBST) programme.
Furthering its contribution to the UAE’s efforts to make its roads safer, MAN Truck & Bus has delivered its safest-ever coaches to the Sharjah Road Transport Authority (RTA).
MAN Truck & Bus’s official partner in the UAE, United Motors & Heavy Equipment Co. L.L.C. (UMHE) handed over a fleet of 10 luxurious MAN Lion's Coaches that are equipped with industry-leading accident prevention features such as Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Lane Guard System (LGS) as well as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), to the Sharjah RTA on 8 January 2018.
Bridgestone Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, is the world's largest manufacturer of tyres and other rubber products. While tyres contribute significantly to Bridgestone Group’s sales worldwide, Bridgestone also manufactures industrial rubber and chemical products, sporting goods, and other diversified products.
There is no denying tyres are an important element of a bus, but how many individuals know and practice proper tyre care? A well-maintained tyre not only helps prolong tyre lifetime but also decreases the risk of a safety hazard. We asked Bridgestone on some tips on tyre care and maintenance.
The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) is stepping up its enforcement activities in conjunction with the school holiday season, Christmas festivities and the 2018 New Year's celebration.
Accordingly, 24-hour integrated enforcement activities with the cooperation of the police, Road Transport Department, the National Anti-Drug Agency and the Highway Enforcement Authority were carried out from November 23 to 26 while the Christmas and New Year's operations will be implemented from December 22, 2017 until January 2, 2018.
Through the 10-day operation during the Deepavali 2017 season from October 12 to 22, 313 offenses were identified and further action has been taken on the operators involved.
Among the ongoing efforts that have taken place in collaboration with other enforcement agencies to address the issue of drivers and operators in violation of laws or regulations include: enforcement audits on vehicle GPS records, masking operations for high-risk operators, patrolling at high-risk locations and speed traps as well as CCTV monitoring at the Highway Operations Centre.
SPAD chief operating officer Qamar Wan Noor said enforcement officers will also patrol in the city centre, near shopping malls and terminals to monitor and take action on illegal ticketing activities. This also includes inspection of ticket counters and documents at bus terminals.
The Commission had also met with express bus operators to remind them to always prioritise the safety of passengers and road users through the emphasis on compliance with the SPAD Industrial Code of Practice (ICOP) and safety rules at all times.
"The Commission will not hesitate to impose full legal action against neglecting operators. This includes the aspects of safety, drivers and vehicle maintenance. Depending on the severity of the offense, the operator of a bus company may be suspended or terminated. In serious cases, the entire fleet belonging to the company could be suspended pending a security audit and if there is any breach of the terms, legal or administrative action will be taken," Qamar said at a press conference recently.
In its pursuit of excellence and efforts to champion innovation and technology to match its fleet offering with the latest market trends, MAN Truck & Bus strives continuously to enhance not only the design element but also economic efficiency and safety features of its new line-up. The recently launched MAN Lion’s Coach, which is already available for pre-orders in the Middle East, is a best-in-class coach and long-distance bus, and the embodiment of the company’s endeavour to offer consumers a whole new experience.
It’s beyond doubt that Asia’s automobile industry has been developing at a rapid pace in recent years. From 2009 to 2016, China alone was the world's largest car manufacturer and benefitted greatly from having the biggest sales market. As a result, the country rose to become the world’s top producer and exporter of tyres, with production volume climbing to 947 million units in 2016. Not only that, but the global tyre demand is still rising, with the market projected to reach 2.5 billion units by 2022.
Hong Kong leads the world for sustainable transport, according to the 2017 Sustainable Cities Mobility Index from Arcadis, the leading global Design & Consultancy for natural and built assets. The Index was compiled for Arcadis by the Centre for Economic and Business Research (Cebr) and explores mobility through three pillars of sustainability - social (People), environmental (Planet) and economic (Profit) - to develop an indicative ranking of 100 of the world’s cities.
With its new, purely electric plug-and-drive solution, automotive supplier ZF is driving the development of locally emission-free public transport. The latest evidence comes in the form of ZF's innovative city bus test vehicle. It is propelled by the new CeTrax electric central drive, which is suitable for both low-floor and high-floor applications. The drive was unveiled for the first time in 2016. Now, just one year later, the development team in Friedrichshafen has implemented a CeTrax application on the road. Other ZF solutions for electric buses include the AVE 130 electric portal axle and TraXon Hybrid. The portfolio is on show at the Busworld 2017, the key trade show for city buses and coaches.
Bus Uncle creator, Abhilash Murthy, tells Asian Buses writer Farezza Hanum Rashid how he humanised a chatbot with humour.
Waiting for the bus in Singapore is not dull when you have a sarcastic but friendly “uncle” who not only instantly tells you when your bus will arrive, but tells you jokes via text messages while you wait.
From October 20-25 2017, representatives of the international bus industry will meet up at the Busworld fair in Kortrijk, Belgium. The first 24-meter EXQUI.CITY to be configured as an IMC® electric bus will be on show on the booth of Belgian manufacturer Van Hool (booth 601 in hall 2).