Clark’s Buses has re­ceived a brand-new Hino Pon­cho bus, which is now in ser­vice in Holmview, Lo­gan

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Clark’s Buses has re­ceived a brand-new Hino Pon­cho bus, which is now in ser­vice in Holmview, Lo­gan.

Hino Aus­tralia gen­eral man­ager of brand and fran­chise de­vel­op­ment Bill Gille­spie says Aus­tralia is the first over­seas mar­ket for the Hino Pon­cho bus out­side of Ja­pan, mean­ing Holmview lo­cals will be the first in Aus­tralia to re­alise its ben­e­fits, in­clud­ing quick wheel­chair board­ing that takes less than a minute.

“We have been work­ing with Hino Ja­pan for sev­eral years to iden­tify and in­tro­duce the right bus for the com­mu­nity trans­port mar­ket – in ad­di­tion to its pub­lic trans­port po­ten­tial, it pro­vides an af­ford­able, flex­i­ble op­tion for or­gan­i­sa­tions like aged care providers, schools and uni­ver­si­ties,” he says.

“There re­ally isn’t an­other bus like it in the Aus­tralian mar­ket – this par­tic­u­lar bus has a DDA-com­pli­ant 18-seat saloon lay­out, in­clud­ing wheel­chair pro­vi­sion plus standees.”

Mea­sur­ing less than seven me­tres in length and fea­tur­ing a tight-turn­ing ra­dius, the Hino Pon­cho bus is ideal for nar­row streets.

Tran­sLink and Clark’s Buses have se­lected a bus that is com­pli­ant with the Dis­abil­ity Dis­crim­i­na­tion Act 1992 (DDA), which will come into full ef­fect in 2022.

Tran­sLink deputy di­rec­tor gen­eral Matt Long­land says the or­gan­i­sa­tion is proud to be lead­ing the way by in­tro­duc­ing smart so­lu­tions onto the pub­lic trans­port net­work.

“The Pon­cho’s in­no­va­tive de­sign, with its wheel­chair-friendly ac­cess and smaller size, is per­fect for the Holmview route and we are re­ally ex­cited to see it in ac­tion,” he says.

“The new Holmview route served by the Pon­cho opens up more op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cals to ac­cess jobs or health and ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices, as well as mak­ing it eas­ier to take a trip to the shops.”

Clark’s Buses CEO Gra­ham Davis says the Pon­cho’s spec­i­fi­ca­tions are per­fect for the Holmview route and is im­pressed with its eye-catch­ing de­sign.

“We are de­lighted to con­tinue our re­la­tion­ship with Hino Aus­tralia, a partnership that now spans 38 years,” he says.

Above: Reg and Yvonne Clark of Clark’s Buses, MP Shan­non Fen­ti­man and Tran­sLink deputy di­rec­tor gen­eral Matt Long­land in front of the new Hino Pon­cho

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