Keeping the show on the road: celebrating our mechanics

PUBLISHED ON 23/08/2021
Keeping the show on the road: celebrating our mechanics

Our team of mechanics are a well-oiled machine that work behind the scenes keeping Victoria’s bus network moving. Recently we marked World Mechanics’ Day by celebrating their achievements and contribution to our business.

The average bus will clock up around 1.8 million kilometres in its lifespan. Ensuring our fleet of more than 530 vehicles are safe and reliable is a mammoth task, despite this, our workshop team has exceeded their targets over the last year.

Together, the team has reduced the number of breakdowns by 20% and consistently achieved a 100% pass rate for annual bus safety inspections for the past 12 months.

Keith McArtney, Head of Fleet and Maintenance, Transdev Melbourne said, “World Mechanics’ Day is a terrific opportunity for us to recognise the remarkable transformation our workshop team has achieved over the past 2 years.

“Every one of our team has played a role in our results and is invested in delivering a safe, clean and reliable service to our customers.”

Keith says a focus on excellence has been a vital to delivering the results including daily stand up meetings reviewing issues and results at each of the depots which help create a strong team relationship.

Fostering strong relationships and a focus on excellence as we develop the next generation of heavy vehicle mechanics. Recently, four of our apprentices became qualified heavy vehicle mechanics in 2021 and will continue to exercise their hard-earned skills on our fleet. Over the past year, five new apprentices also began their mechanical apprenticeships at our North Fitzroy Workshop.

Keith says the workshop team has played a pivotal in improving the visual presentation of the bus fleet saying, “When I see one of our buses on the road, the pride our workshop teams take in the work they do is evident in each vehicle. And at the end of the day that means a safer, cleaner and more reliable experience for our customers.”

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