Dublin Bus confirm dodgy brakes on some buses

Dublin Bus have been forced to admit that there is a fault with the brakes on certain buses (which ones?), and that it will take ten days to fix. Jay-walkers beware!

RTE reports:

SIPTU says it has belatedly discovered that there is a mechanical problem associated with certain models of bus in the Dublin Bus fleet.

The union says that despite assurances from management it is concerned about driver and customer safety, and wants an independent safety body to examine the problem.

In response Dublin Bus confirmed there was an issue regarding a braking system on certain buses.

However the company said all the affected components were being replaced in a process that would take ten days.

In the meantime it stressed there was no risk to the safety of customers, staff or the general public.

2 Responses to “Dublin Bus confirm dodgy brakes on some buses”

  1. I don’t want to trivialise the seriousness of the issue, but I’m sure you’ll find that DB drivers contribute, because they constantly hit the accelerator and the brakes. I think they do it to help people down the stairs.

  2. Whilst Not wanting to trivialize Chris`s contribution I feel that constantly hitting accelerator and brake is an essential part of driving.

    What Chris may not be aware of is the nature of the modern Bus.
    Todays vehicle is packed full of Electronic Control Modules and other assorted gadgetry which occupy the space between the Drivers control inputs and the actual output to the brake/accellerator units.

    There is a developing situation with Volvo Bus worldwide,particularly in Australia where occurences of “jerky braking” and “rough acceleration”were becoming far too commonplace to be neatly laid at the feet of individual drivers.

    It would appear that following independent investigations that Volvo Bus may well have some recalling to do.

    The indications are that the “fault” in the Dublin Bus vehicles is part of a series of similar ones involving some 2,700 Volvo vehicles worldwide.

    Chris should be aware that Dublin Bus drivers were raising concerns regarding the braking and handling parameters of it`s newer vehicles almost as soon as they went into service.

    However,it`s never an easy task for an individual Busdriver to challenge the combined engineering might of his/her employer and a VERY large multinational manufacturer such as VolvoBus.

    The initial concerns in Dublin took quite a while to be accepted as Drivers were told there was NO difference between new and older vehicles before it finally emerged that there WAS quite a significant difference in essential Braking/Retardation settings.

    The eventual outcome was an admission that VolvoBus was conducting an ongoing braking “Software” Development programme on these vehicles.

    However,this admission came only after significant numbers of Drivers began to express their fears and frustrations to Trade Union representatives with suggestions of going further along the legal road.

    This attitude was also demonstrated in the UK where many similar negative observations from Busdrivers resulted in these Drivers being sent back to Training Units for “Refresher” courses or “Remedial” training.

    In most of these cases the observations of individual and well experienced Busdrivers have been finally borne out.

    It is highly unlikely however,that ANY senior Bus Operators engineering and specification management will suffer any disciplinary action as a result of the ongoing situation.

    One of the lessons which SHOULD be taken on board is a need to reassess the level of so-called safety related electronics inbuilt into a modern Bus.
    I believe much of this technology is removing vitally necessary “feedback” from the Driver and that isolation from reality is NOT a good thing.

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