SLIDE-OUT WHEELCHAIR LIFT KEY ON NEW SCANIA SCHOOL BUSES
Australian bus operator Ventura has added eight new Scania Touring school and charter coaches to its fleet as ABC Magazine (Busnews.com) reports. The Scania's are equipped with a luggage-space-saving slide-out wheelchair lift and a ZF automatic transmission.
The eight new buses will be running from Ventura’s outer-urban depots such as in the village of Monbulk on the edge of Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges. The coaches are 57-seaters with a wheelchair lift situated just above the rear wheels on the kerb-side, and a capacity for carrying two wheelchairs internally with the loss of four rows of seats on the left aisle. Those seats can easily be removed. The chairs’ occupants are secured with three-point seat belts for additional safety.
The new vehicles have Lane Departure Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control, but also nice features such as a heated driver’s seat. There is also a dual-radio system so the passengers and driver can listen to different radio stations.
These Scania Tourings are specified with the highest output in terms of power and torque that the ZF six-speed auto (ZF EcoLife) could handle. For this 9.0-litre five-cylinder engine that is 360 hp and 1700 Nm.
Ventura Bus Lines is the largest provider of public bus transport services in Melbourne, it states, and has a fleet of 883 buses operates across 141 routes out of 12 depots and move, on average, 36 million people each year.