Industry making massive strides
The Australasian bus and coach industry is facing unprecedented challenges but with that can come huge opportunity if we start to adapt now, writes Randall Johnston
BC was lucky enough to be invited to the Bus Industry Confederation’s bi-annual National Technical and Suppliers Summit in Canberra recently.
While many things were discussed, including design rules, it soon became clear that the industry has never faced such a diverse range of potential disruptions to the effectiveness of its traditional business models.
The sharing economy – particularly services like Uber – has the power to transform passenger habits for good and in a very short space of time.
The lay person is not concerned about what mode of transport they use. They are simply looking for the most hassle-free way of getting from point A to B.
At the same time, operators face what industrial relations experts are calling out as a political climate that is hostile to productive business ownership. One where the legal balance of power, at least when it comes to employee dismissal disputes, appears to be tilted in favour of the employee rather than the employer. At least this is the view that seems to be commonly held among human resources managers within the bus and coach industry.
But it’s not all doom and gloom! You can read all about the latest encouraging political and regulatory developments that bus and coach operators, suppliers and manufacturers all across the nation have to look forward to in our full wrap from the dual BIC Canberra conferences on page 20.
The story of Victorian school and charter operator Crown Coaches shows how one battling family and its loyal co-workers teamed up half a century ago to produce what has grown into very successful business today.
Crown Coaches’ 50-year anniversary dinner was attended by past and present employees, as well as its long- term suppliers and business partners in the Yarra Valley on February 4.
Never satisfied with simply scratching the surface, ABC goes deeper to find out a bit about the history of the company and the dedicated and passionate people who continue to make it tick in 2017 ( p. 32).
The development and introduction of electric buses has the capacity to reduce the environmental footprint of the transport industry and could revolutionise the green footprint of the vehicles we drive.
Some might say that there have been few signi cant changes in bus development over the past 20 years, but few could deny that the adoption of electric buses in Australia is starting to gain pace. We take the Carbridge TORO fully electric bus for a spin in Sydney ( p. 38) and come away suitably impressed. The future is now … so don’t miss the bus.
“The industry has never faced such a diverse range of potential disruptions”