As part of its ongoing commitment to improving driver safety, Transdev Melbourne is rolling out fully enclosed driver cabins in 15 new buses.
The new safety feature has been installed in 15 buses which have been delivered as part of the Victorian Government’s largest bus renewal order in 25 years.
It follows a successful trial which was initiated by Transdev in consultation with Transdev drivers, the Department of Transport and the Transport Workers’ Union.
Based on feedback received during the trial period, the new enclosed driver’s cabin features a more robust design to minimise rattles and squeaks, anti-glare film on the glass to improve visibility of internal and external mirrors and a stronger door locking mechanism.
Loretta Lynch, managing director, Transdev Melbourne said; “Everybody has the right to feel safe when they come to work and these new screens which fully enclose the driver’s cabin provide our front line staff with additional peace of mind as they travel on the public transport network.
“Our drivers’ experience driving buses on the network every day makes them subject matter experts and they have played a vital role in the final design. We have used their suggestions and feedback and collaborated closely with key stakeholders to ensure the new design incorporates safety, practicality, and comfort.”
The new design also features a cut-out in the screen to allow for a full size windscreen blind that can be adjusted from the driver’s seat and a drink holder and storage in the driver’s door.
Drivers have already reacted positively to the new screens, likening the enclosed cabins to an airplane cockpit. Customers are also showing a preference for the new screens, preferring the clear line of sight to drivers, as compared to the wire protective screens.
The design enhancements for the fully enclosed driver’s cabin were funded by Transdev and will be on the network in early October. We continue to work with the Victorian Department of Transport on further improvements to the bus fleet to ensure the safety of our drivers and passengers.
Also on the network, are the final fourteen buses from the Victorian Government’s bus renewal order. These buses began operating in August 2020, further improving the customer experience for our passengers.
“This bus order has significantly improved the customer experience, enabling us to retire nearly 100 state-owned buses which were older and less reliable than the industry average.
“These new buses are well matched to Melbourne conditions. They are being deployed across our network where they are needed most and will help thousands of customers make safe, comfortable and reliable journeys every day,” said Lynch.
In July 2019, we began taking delivery of the new buses ordered by the Victorian Government. The new buses feature mobile phone charging, robust air-conditioning, improved CCTV capability and an expanded accessible seating area offering a more pleasant and safer journey for Victorians.
Built in line with the Victorian Government’s Local Jobs First Policy, the construction of the buses created jobs in Ballarat and sustained employment in Dandenong.
The order is part of a $16 million investment by the Victorian Government to replace and modernise the ageing state-owned bus fleet.