“We’ve carried out a lot of rail replacement and school contract work in recent times,” explained Felixstowe Travel’s Mick Dabbs. “It’s good business for us, but with legislation changing for operators at the end of March, we had to ensure that we were fully compliant with Public Service Vehicle Accessibility Regulations (PSVAR).
“Having vehicles with the correct specification is so important to us because it opens doors for us as an operator to a different type of contract than our traditional work.
“Volvo had the right type of compliant vehicle stock available on short-lead time and were able to meet our exacting requirements. Volvo Retail Bus and Coach Sales Manager, Richard Mann, helped us get everything completed in the timeframe and we’re already getting compliments from our clients on our new Volvo buses.”
The two new B8RLE buses are 12.1 metres in length and feature 46 passenger seats. 43 seats are high backed and feature three-point safety belts as standard. The remaining three seats are in the tip up area. There is also a manual wheelchair ramp at the front of the vehicle to ensure PSVAR compliance. Each vehicle is capable of carrying 95 passengers at full capacity.
Fitted with a Volvo D8K 280hp six-cylinder 7.7 litre Euro VI engine and ZF six-speed gearbox the Volvo B8RLE is adaptable, reliable and affordable. This has made it popular with operators running short to medium services. Volvo has also fitted tachographs to the vehicles at the operator’s request making them ideal dual-purpose vehicles.
Richard Mann said, “Felixstowe Travel had a requirement for PSVAR compliant single deck low floor vehicles at short notice. We not only met that requirement, but the vehicles went straight into operation and are already getting really positive feedback from the customers and as a result the operator.
“We look forward to continuing to work with Mick and the team in the future to supply further vehicles.”
The new vehicles will be on a maintenance contract and serviced by Volvo Truck and Bus East Anglia in Felixstowe as part of the agreement.
17 February 2020