27 Sep 2019


Hall 3, booth 319

At Busworld 2019, custom steering system manufacturer Pailton Engineering, is offering a potential solution to poor cabin hygiene. The company will explore the potential of a detachable bus steering wheel — a concept designed for infection prevention and the reduction of work-related sickness among the bus and coach driving workforce.

Pailton comes up with some disturbing figures about the poor conditions many bus drivers face every day. The company notes that there are 629 colony-forming units of bacteria on an average steering wheel, compared to just 172 on a toilet seat. Among the most prevalent bacteria found are Staphylococcus and Propionibacterium, which can result in food poisoning. The nature of bus driving rotas and changeovers results in many bus drivers starting their shift in unhygienic conditions, with heightened risks of illness.

Many drivers may rely on anti-bacterial wipes and hand sanitiser to reduce the likelihood of sickness, but Pailton Engineering believes more can be done. “Busworld will be a chance to discuss the detachable steering wheel concept with Pailton Engineering. If the solution proves viable, Busworld attendees could become the first OEMs to offer this option to bus and coach customers”, says Roger Brereton, head of sales at Pailton Engineering.

Pailton Engineering will also address wider ergonomic issues for bus drivers, who are statistically more likely to experience musculoskeletal problems, especially in the back, neck and shoulders, than other professions. To help improve the overall working environment, Pailton Engineering has developed a fully adjustable, electric column that will allow for far greater variability of positions for the driver, improving comfort and greatly reducing the risk of injury.

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