Glenwood Boys High School in Durban recently took delivery of three Iveco Daily 26 seater buses from local agent KZN IVECO at a handover ceremony held at the school.
“Considering how much the buses cost to purchase and operate and considering the effort by the School Governing Body (SGB) that has gone into selecting the kind of buses to purchase, it makes sense that these vehicles must be in service as long as possible.
The original buses were also Iveco’s, purchased in 2000 so with new technology in the current three units we should see an increase in the replacement period,” said Andri Barnes, Acting Principal.
The school has a high travel schedule so the buses are always in high demand and continuously on the road. Each bus has a dedicated, trained driver whose responsibility is the overall condition of the bus and the excellent relationship which they each have with the pupils, ensures that housekeeping rules on board are well maintained. Driver training is conducted on a regular basis to ensure consistency.
The buses have a dual function in that they are used to transport pupils from Amanzimtoti, Hillcrest and Durban North, to and from school every day as well as the sports teams to their various venues.
“We were fortunate to have Craig Drysdale, a long standing tour operator on the SGB who picked up the ball with this project and was able to advise us on the various aspects of this purchase, ensuring that the correct formalities were in place, as this was a major expenditure item for the school. Three major bus suppliers were contacted in this regard and the financial package we obtained from Iveco, taking into account the trade-in of the old units, provided the final outcome.
KZN IVECO must be commended for their excellent overall service in preparing the vehicles with full school livery, culminating in the handover ceremony”, said Rob Young, Chairman of the School Governing Body.
“The safety of the pupils was one of the main reasons for taking this route in purchasing new vehicles. In this instance we are in full control of our transport without having to rely on contractors and especially the maintenance aspect which will be entirely in the hands of the dealer,” concluded Andri Barnes.