BusVIC held its 63rd Maintenance Conference and Trade Show on 3 – 4 July 2017. Widely recognised as one of the bus industry’s biggest events, there was something for everyone with workshops and presentations for both maintenance and technical specialists as well as management.
The conference was an action-packed two days long. The number of subjects covered was incredible: workshop design, demand responsive transport, school transport, driver communications, Chain of Responsibility laws, emergency management, driver retention best practice and more. The organisers also did a great job getting fantastic speakers on the programme, including Steve Sammartino, Anna Meares OAM and Minister for Ports, Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan.
I particularly enjoyed listening to Anna Meares, an Olympic, World, Commonwealth and national track cycling champion and also the most successful female track sprint cyclist in history. It was inspiring listening to her story and understanding what makes an Olympic athlete. She stressed that being a true champion is not about staying undefeated, but about how you handle defeats. A good thing to remember, not just in the office but also for life.
Other sessions focussed on the new industry trends of demand responsive transport and driverless vehicles. The predominant message was that we need to think positive and embrace change – we know these new technologies are coming, so let’s plan for it and work out how we can use them to enhance the service we deliver to the public. If you haven’t already done so, you need to get on board with your local industry body and find out more about demand response and how it is relevant to your business.
Last but not least, bus conferences are always great because we get the chance to catch up face-to-face with some Trapeze customers. It was great to see Campbell, Angus, Michael and Rebecca Christian from Christians Bus Lines; Joe Sita from Sita Coaches; and Mark Driver from Driver Group during the event.
Did you know…?
Trapeze is the first company to integrate an autonomous bus in an operations control system for fixed route transport services. Read more about our work with the public transport authority of Schaffhausen here.