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Just look at my new bendy buses says the Chief Minister

By johnboy 1 August 2012 71

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced her launch of a fleet of 20 new “accessible, articulated, large-capacity and environmentally friendly buses for the ACTION fleet.”

“It is great to see the first new articulated bus in Canberra in nearly 20 years now entering service and I have no doubt it will be a valuable addition to the ACTION fleet,” the Chief Minister said.

“Between now and March 2013, twenty easy access articulated buses will be progressively delivered replacing ACTION’s ageing articulated fleet, some of which are now up to 24 years old.

“These new buses will assist in meeting demand on ACTION’s most highly patronised routes, such as the Blue and Red Rapid services, while also providing the safest transport for school children where high capacity buses are needed.

“I also hope they help to make public transport a more attractive alternative to driving for Canberrans,” the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister has also tweeted a picture of herself behind the wheel.

chief minister at the wheel

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DrKoresh 4:11 pm 04 Aug 12

Innovation said :

On a different issue, while this post is a bit tame, is anyone else getting irritated by posts on RA that use swear words but get around it by replacing the odd letter with another character? I can’t remember where I saw it but there was one a few days ago that was awful.

No way, stop being a %$#& with $#*%!@ in your *^$#% and a #%@! of a %&@#%^&#. You #$!%.

Seriously though, profanity gets through at JB’s discretion, and it seems to be on the basis of profanity vs. content. The more value your post adds to the discussion the more lenient he’ll be. He does tend to replace letters with asterisks though.

Antagonist 12:52 pm 04 Aug 12

KB1971 said :

Do any of you think she may be at the bus depot & therefore not in a road related area?

She may very well have a HR licence too.

I love how people can get so much bullsh!t from one photo.

Surely we don’t need an emoticon to show a tongue firmly planted in cheek, KB?

Innovation 8:42 am 04 Aug 12

KB1971 said :

Do any of you think she may be at the bus depot & therefore not in a road related area?

She may very well have a HR licence too.

I love how people can get so much bullsh!t from one photo.

I though some posters were just taking the Mickey. Based on other photos around town such as on a “local rag’s” website (whose name, I’ll try not to mention again until they acknowledge RA’s on theirs) it looks like it was a photo Op on London Cct outside the Assembly. Although I don’t see what the fuss is about if she is sitting behind the wheel of a parked bus.

On a different issue, while this post is a bit tame, is anyone else getting irritated by posts on RA that use swear words but get around it by replacing the odd letter with another character? I can’t remember where I saw it but there was one a few days ago that was awful.

KB1971 8:35 pm 03 Aug 12

Do any of you think she may be at the bus depot & therefore not in a road related area?

She may very well have a HR licence too.

I love how people can get so much bullsh!t from one photo.

cranky 6:41 pm 03 Aug 12

We are having an ongoing conversation regarding workplace health and safety, and the ACT Gov (via Worksafe) is coming down hard on any indiscretions they are finding.

But Barr is able to pick up a circular saw and have at it at a plank of wood, (as, it must be agreed, most members of the public would do it), without any of the OHS, Safe Work Statement, Induction, or any other of the requirements dictated by the ACT Gov.

Similarly, the CM is able to (pretend?) drive a new bus, without, I suspect, a valid bus license.

OK, I’m getting my knickers in a twist, but these pollies are dictating how we conduct our lives, and the safety aspects are paramount in their considerations, but to ride roughshod over all the regulations they impose on others is not on.

dungfungus 5:59 pm 03 Aug 12

PBO said :

I am curious if she is correctly licenced to be behind the wheel…..

The TWU decides who can sit behind the wheel of one of our buses; the RTA just look the other way.

damien haas 5:39 pm 03 Aug 12

PBO said :

I am curious if she is correctly licenced to be behind the wheel…..

One could always look up the license database, assuming the data hasnt been altered by a friend of the family.

dtc 3:05 pm 03 Aug 12

PBO said :

I am curious if she is correctly licenced to be behind the wheel…..

And I dont think she has her seatbelt on either. She must be arrested! Call out the response team

PBO 2:22 pm 03 Aug 12

I am curious if she is correctly licenced to be behind the wheel…..

KB1971 2:00 pm 03 Aug 12

davo101 said :

Madam Cholet said :

If memory serves me almost correctly, these new buses were introduced quite a few years ago – perhaps 2005?

You’ll find your memory has failed. This is the first new articulated bus ACTION has bought in 20 years as the OP states.

I think Madam was talking about the new gereration of buses, not the artics in particular.

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