Buzza Bus Up For National Award

Scilly’s Buzza Bus has been shortlisted for a national award.

The six-seater, fully electric minibus, which was built with wheelchair access, is in the final three in the Guardian newspaper’s Public Services Awards 2011.

The Council views it as a succes with more than 200 disabled or retired residents registered as users.

The bus was bought with a Local Action Group grant and cash from the Government’s Concessionary Travel Fund.

Richard McCarthy, Chairman of the Council Community Services, says the aim was to reduce engine noise and vehicle emissions on St Mary’s roads.

The vehicle yousee being driven by Dave Maybrey currently is a loaned minibus. The electric version is away being repaired in Glasgow after a series of breakdowns and technical problems.

Councillor McCarthy admits it has had teething troubles, but he is expecting it to be ready to replace its diesel standby before the end of the month.

The Guardian awards ceremony has run for eight years and is being held in London on November 22nd.