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Wright Bus in Northern Ireland

 
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N4 Jamaica




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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2019 11:23 am    Post subject: Wright Bus in Northern Ireland Reply with quote

In the past week or two, the New Roadmaster or "Boris Bus" has come to my attention. A news article explained that the manufacturer, Wright Bus, of Ballymena, Co. Antrim, was in some financial difficulty and that the junior Ian Paisley was asking U.K. help.
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With further reading I learned that fare-beating has become a problem on these three-door, two-stairway double-decks. When a conductor is aboard he merely observes whether riders tap on with their Oyster card. Apparently, he cannot challenge, that is the role of a rare inspector. Most of the time, there is only a driver, and boarders can enter and tap their card at any door.
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Back to New York City and fare beating on local buses. On SBS, the Eagle Team can demand proof-of-purchase receipts, but much of the fare-beating seems to be on local buses, where riders are not given receipts. I have not yet learned whether Eagle Team personnel have Metrocard readers, and I also suspect that a rider could claim to have paid with paper transfer or cash fare, leaving the driver as a witness in a confrontation.
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The topic could go on. One Brit commented that fare-beating was rare on single-door buses, as the rider had to pass the driver both boarding and exiting. NJ Transit used to give out receipts, but on arrival at PABT these were not inspected.
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N4 Jamaica




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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To enter administration in the UK apparently resembles filing for bankruptcy. Unfortunately, 1, 200 bus building jobs are at stake at Wrightbus in Ballymena, Co. Antrim.
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