Scottish Engineers’ Accents Add To Buzza Bus Repair Challenge

The company that adapted the electric Buzza bus is being given a final chance to fix it.

Penny Penn Howard told the Community Services meeting that the electric dial-a-ride vehicle was still being tested in Penzance.

The Council’s Community Services Director added that tests “were going very well” and there had been “no breakdowns at all.”

The specially adapted Peugeot bus has been plagued with technical difficulties since it was adapted in Scotland for wheelchair use.

Age Concern operates the service for pensioners and disabled islanders on contract to the Council.

They’ve loaned a replacement diesel vehicle, which has now been used for a longer period than the new, bespoke, green transport.

Penny said that the bus would be back in Scilly soon and if it broke down again it would be sent back to Scotland and the Council would insist on getting its money back.

She said that there had been “robust” conversations with the Glasgow-based company although she admitted discussions with the Scottish engineers had been difficult because of “their very broad accents and because they speak so fast.”

Penny’s report highlighted to Councillors the popularity of the dial-a-ride service which has 200 users registered through Age Concern.

Feedback is offered through a stakeholder group, which is consulted regularly.


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