Rover has taken delivery of new buses for schools and their local network of services, investing into the safety and comfort of its buses and continuing the company strategy which began in 1990 with its first air-conditioned school bus.
CEO, Mr. Aaron Lewis, recalls the decision his father, the late Jack Lewis, made to purchase the first air-conditioned school bus.
“In the late 1980’s air-conditioned buses were relatively new. At the time we were spending all this money on new bus seats and seat belts, so it seemed sensible to add air-conditioning and take the buses to a new level. The Wine Country was growing and so he wanted to complement all those developments with better transport. ”
Rover have been installing air-conditioning in all their buses ever since and lead the industry with the highest number of air-conditioned vehicles in NSW, fleet comparative wise. The entire Rover Fleet will be air-conditioned within the next 2 years as part of the Transport for NSW Fleet Replacement Program, a remarkable achievement for the Company.
All of Rovers’ new school buses have high back coach seats with seat-belts fitted for student and passenger safety. Mr Lewis is determined to provide the latest safety features in the design of every new bus he purchases.
“These new buses are fitted with ABS braking, interlocks on the doors, high back coach seats and seat belts to ensure every passenger is as safe as possible. We operate services as far as Newcastle and Morisset with some services along the expressways so it is vital that our customers have the safety and peace of mind that seat-belts provide.”
The new buses also have seat belts on all their long distance school services and daily services to Newcastle and Morisset.
“We are seeing significant growth in our local services with Green Hills Shopping Centre, Newcastle’s revitalisation and connections to Sydney provided at Morisset Station.
“The NSW Government has been investing heavily in public transport in the region and we are seeing the benefits which will continue to provide a platform for more improvements into the future.”
Rover provides transport for over 4,000 students daily and operates regular services to Maitland, Newcastle, Morisset, and Green Hills.
“The response from the public has been fantastic,” he said. “We now have direct services from Cessnock and Kurri Monday to Saturday to Green Hills. This has been an important milestone in the planning of services,” he added. Rover will continue to implement more services, especially at weekends.
“We are a family business employing over 120 local people. If it’s happening in the Hunter, a Rover bus that can get you there and back safely.”