QLD BUS NOTABLE JOINS BUS STOP SALES PRE-ZEB START

By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy Bus Stop Sales and Service


QUEENSLAND-BASED heavy vehicle distributor Bus Stop Sales and Service has appointed local industry stalwart Martin Hall as its new general manager, whose experience bodes well for the company’s forthcoming King Long Zero Emissions Bus (ZEB) roll-out, it’s been announced.

QLD BUS NOTABLE JOINS BUS STOP SALES PRE-ZEB START
Said Hall (pictured left): “I have joined Bus Stop at an exciting time with a number of projects well underway including the introduction of the first full-electric high-floor bus into Australia later this month."

In leading the company’s new zero emissions transport division, the appointment is well timed with the experienced Hall joining the company that's expecting to receive the first fully electric high-floor bus into Australia later this month, it states.

A well-known figure in the Australian bus industry, Hall joins the Bus Stop team having spent more than a decade in management roles for major South East Queensland government bus operators Hornibrook Bus Lines, Surfside Bus Lines and Clark’s Logan City Bus Service, it highlights.

In particular, Hall brings specialty knowledge of the opportunities and challenges in integrating electric buses into a large diesel-powered fleet, having led the design and implementation of the first major Translink electric bus order in Queensland, Bus Stop Sales confirms.

Additionally, Hall is a respected member of the local business community and is currently president of the Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce and vice-chair of the Gold Coast Community Fund, it adds.

"I am thrilled to have recently joined the Bus Stop team to head up our dedicated zero emissions transport division", Hall said.

"I have joined Bus Stop at an exciting time with a number of projects well underway including the introduction of the first full-electric high-floor bus into Australia later this month," Hall stated.

"We are planning a major launch of this vehicle at our Rocklea headquarters in February, so it is definitely a case of watch this space," Hall added.

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EXCITING CHAPTER

In announcing the appointment, Bus Stop Sales dealer principal Pete White says Hall is a welcomed addition to his family owned business.

"The transition to zero-emission buses is an exciting chapter in our industry’s long history and I am delighted to have Martin join Bus Stop’s charge in this space," White explained.

"Martin brings significant expertise to the role having managed some of the largest bus fleets in Australia, and I am confident that this along with his understanding of the transition to zero emissions will be well received by the industry," White stated.

As the company outlines, the journey to zero emissions public transport in Australia is well advanced with state governments recently setting targets for introducing zero emission buses into the fleets of contracted bus operators.

The Queensland Government has recently announced that every new urban bus in South East Queensland will be a zero emissions vehicle by 2025, while the New South Wales Government is aiming to transition its privately contracted fleet of 8,000 buses by 2030.

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