SEPTEM­BER IS­SUE 361

ABC (Australia) - - YEAR IN REVIEW -

VIC BUY­OUT

We sat down for a chat with Whit­mores Bus Lines di­rec­tor Jamie Whit­more about his pur­chase of Castle­maine Bus Lines, a 20-bus op­er­a­tion in re­gional Vic­to­ria. We spoke about what this means for him, his team, and the plans he has to boost ser­vices in the area. Pre­dom­i­nantly a school bus op­er­a­tor, Whit­mores is a Cen­tral Vic­to­rian-based third-gen­er­a­tion fam­ily busi­ness which also has route ser­vices that con­nect res­i­dents with their lo­cal train sta­tions and main shop­ping ar­eas. Sit­u­ated in Boort, Whit­mores Bus Lines is owned and op­er­ated by the Whit­more fam­ily and grew from small be­gin­nings in the 1950s with a school bus con­tract.

CHANG­ING TIMES

Sca­nia Australia man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Mikael Jans­son will steer the or­gan­i­sa­tion through a pe­riod of im­pend­ing leg­is­la­tion and test­ing of emerg­ing au­ton­o­mous bus tech­nol­ogy. Au­ton­o­mous buses are ready to roll but the man­u­fac­tur­ers are wait­ing on gov­ern­ments to flick on the green light. He says the adop­tion of au­ton­omy for heavy ve­hi­cles, es­pe­cially buses, will be de­pen­dent on leg­is­la­tion, both in Europe and in other mar­kets around the world.

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