SEATING: Higer safety


A manufacturer has committed to safety as buses are now compliant with incoming rules

SEATING: Higer safety
Higer has made seatbelts a standard on a full range of buses

Higer has unveiled a full range of buses which are compliant with new rules that will require Western Australian school bus and other services to offer seatbelts by 2015.

The buses with seatbelts included as standard includes the H7170 Munro 28 seat mini coach through to the 57 seat H12320c Road Boss.

Higer importer WMC Group CEO Neil Bamford says the models are all compliant with new rules.

"Western Australia has led the way on seatbelt legislation, and we expect the rest of the country to follow over the coming years, so choosing a bus with seatbelts as standard is good business sense for operators," he says.

"Apart from meeting the legislative requirements, we know that operators and passengers care about safety and comfort, so our models are designed to deliver both. It’s always been our goal to include as standard from day one, the features our customers really need."

Higer’s H7170 Munro 28 seat mini coach has recently undergone an extensive upgrade, including more than 200 improvements to the design.

The long list of improvements adds to a range of existing features for the model, which is particularly valued for its seating capacity. While the H7170 Munro has 28 passenger seats, most similarly sized vehicles have just 24.

Bamford says the bus was reviewed from the driver, passenger, technician and business operator perspective.

"We’ve introduced a wider opening driver’s door, a redesigned engine bay with fewer pipes and hoses in the way, softer suspension springs for a smoother ride, and changes to the internal design to improve headroom," he says.

"The result is a small coach that is quieter, smoother and brighter, with improved driver controls, improved driver comfort, improved passenger comfort and improved serviceability.

"The commitment to design innovation, safety and comfort that is a hallmark of the H7170 Munro applies to our entire range."

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