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Discover the plusses of Busses (ie they come off better than a building)

majicke 23 May 2008 29

As reported in the local media yesterday, here are a few photos of the bus that crashed into the front of Kippax shopping centre yesterday afternoon.
Bus enters Kippax

Emergency services arrive


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Mælinar Mælinar 3:06 pm 26 May 08

ant said :

(looks around furtively) the driver was a cop, moonlighting for extra money, and he thought there were doughnuts in there (runs away).

As the crow flies, he only missed the donuts by 10 metres. At least by the direct route he was taking, 20 metres if you have to walk around the obstacles.

ant ant 9:47 am 26 May 08

I’m constantly astonished by the ineptitude of people doing recruiting in this town. they have NO idea. They somehow think that you can shove people into boxes and stick them on the shelf, and when you finally require them, they’ll be patiently sitting there, waiting for your call. NOT!

OzChick OzChick 9:22 am 26 May 08

Lol… Oh so that’s what happened… I thought that pathology place was getting a refurb…

regularbrowse regularbrowse 8:52 am 26 May 08

Yeah, I knew a guy who applied for a bus driving job with ACTION 3 years ago. (He had been a van driver in Sydney)

6 months after he put in his application they contacted him. Then over the next 18months he had an interview, driving test and a physical (with approved GP). Then they told him he could start on a (low) trainee wage with a guaranteed 20 hours a week (?) for a year.

In the 2 years from when he put in his ACTION application to when they finally offered some trainee work he had found a high paying job elsewhere. Not a shock that ACTION is having trouble recruiting. You make more money driving politicans in Comcars and the hours are only bad during sitting weeks. Apparently Aust Post is having similar trouble to ACTION recruiting postie bike riders.

Felix the Cat Felix the Cat 6:01 am 25 May 08

ant said :

The ads for drivers I saw said you had to have a truck-type licence. That screens out many potential applicants right there. In the current labour market, you’d really think they’d understand that, to get good people, yes ACTION you will have to actually train them.

I believe ACTION will train you (and pay for said training) if you are going for a full-time bus driver job but you need to DIY if going for part-time work.
I know an ex-work collegue left and went driving buses for a while, reckons it was good money with all the penalty rates (shift allowance, meal allowance etc). The downside that I see to it is that your hours aren’t standard. This week you might be doing 7-4 and the next you might be doing 12 midday-8 and the following week something different again.

jaydee jaydee 3:53 pm 24 May 08

I can’t believe that I have missed the annual Kippax Fair extravaganza exciting event for the 2nd year in a row (I have only been in Canberra 12 months). The event last year was a wash-out I gather, the flooding of the shops in November.

I had to work late on Thursday and missed out on all the latest excitement. So I guess I have to wair until 2009 now for something interesting to happen out this way.

utah utah 1:45 pm 24 May 08

I’m disappointed he didn’t try to jump a couple of cars first…

ant ant 11:42 am 24 May 08

The ads for drivers I saw said you had to have a truck-type licence. That screens out many potential applicants right there. In the current labour market, you’d really think they’d understand that, to get good people, yes ACTION you will have to actually train them.

minime2 minime2 6:48 am 24 May 08

[rolls eyes disparingly] knowing ACTION driving is “main job” status. And has anyone bothered to check out (application forms)just to see what they have to go thru to get a part time job?! Kind of explains why they are so short (not the driver themselves). Saw a bit in CT saying the info sessions for recruitment normally get 200 people; last one got 21. So, they are really only short of drivers to do the shifts that the fulltimers don’t want. Composite wage too. One pay for any day, or shift. ACT prison officers have that too; union trying to dump it. Do ACTION buses have ‘hand’ brakes?

astroboy astroboy 3:10 am 24 May 08

I hope that nobody was hurt … is this an approved ‘express’ route?

DaveBowman DaveBowman 10:48 pm 23 May 08

Was it mechanical error…

Walked past that busstop and the breeze gave a faint smell of burnt wiring. That was before the accident, at around 3.20 thursday arvo.

Meconium Meconium 10:44 pm 23 May 08

Haha pwned. Nice shots.

ant ant 9:54 pm 23 May 08

(looks around furtively) the driver was a cop, moonlighting for extra money, and he thought there were doughnuts in there (runs away).

bd84 bd84 9:04 pm 23 May 08

I knew we’d find a use for an ACTION bus one day..

They seem to be better at crashing these buses than driving them lately, I’ve heard about up towards 10 accidents involving buses on the radio and other media in the past few months.

Genie Genie 8:45 pm 23 May 08

They have a tiny littler merry go round in the centre !?! Will that classify it as a fair. ? I think it cost $2 to ride.

Julius Constantius Julius Constantius 4:50 pm 23 May 08

Hahahah Kippax Fair, take that! What the hell is a fair anyway? I mean in relation to a shopping centre I would hardly call it a fair. Where are the rides!!!!!!

Demosthenes Demosthenes 4:16 pm 23 May 08

It’s a union stunt to highlight the desperate plight of bus drivers against the rising cost of living – resorting to desperate ram raids!

More exciting than a strike anyway.

nyssa76 nyssa76 3:14 pm 23 May 08

Ah so he’d left the handbrake off?

That’s what happened to me on Tuesday.

majicke majicke 2:41 pm 23 May 08

@Cameron – The driver wasn’t in the bus when it hit the building.

Cameron Cameron 2:33 pm 23 May 08

How in the hell did the driver manage that??

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