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Pollies cheerfully taken for a ride

CANBERRA had a visit from one of Australia’s only 100-seat double decker buses as part of the Prime Minister’s XI cricket match.

Australian company Bustech brought to the capital its Australian-designed and built CDi double decker bus, the world’s first twin-steer, dual-wheelchair-accessible, double-decker bus.

Local Liberal and Greens MLAs came along to the special preview of the bus, that will be open to the public tomorrow at the Prime Minister’s XI game.

Bustech general manager and chief engineer Marc Cleave said they had planned to use the bus to transport players to the cricket ground for the game, however alternative transport was arranged.

But he said it was a good opportunity to show Canberra the state-of-the-art bus.

“It’s designed by Australians and manufactured in Australia,” he said. “And the first of its type in the world.”

He said he would love to see the model in Canberra however wasn’t putting any hard-sells on our MLAs, who seemed “interested in the bus” particularly its “green efficiencies”.

He said thanks to the 100 seats and better fuel consumption, saving money on fuel is considerable better than on a typical 50-seat single deck bus.

Bustech’s CDi double decker bus will be at Manuka Oval, next to the practise nets tomorrow.

Photos by Silas Brown.

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