Every coach in the Victorian Touring Coaches fleet is also inspected annually by an external Licensed Bus Tester, against vehicle roadworthy standards set by VicRoads. These inspections cover items such as wheels and tyres, steering and suspension, brakes, body and chassis, engine and drive-line, seats and seat-belts, lamps, signals and reflectors.
Our coaches have met or exceeded the required standards each year, demonstrating the quality of our fleet and our dedication to passenger safety.
Newer coaches mean greater safety and reliability
The coaches in the Victorian Touring Coaches fleet are manufactured by Volvo, Scania and Mitsubishi – all renowned for the safety, reliability and quality of their vehicles both in Australia and worldwide.
The average age of coaches in the Victorian Touring Coaches fleet is 5.7 years. This is well ahead of the average age of buses in Victoria of 11.8 years and Australia-wide of 11.1 years (Source: ABS Motor Vehicle Census, 2014). And the benefits are clear – maintaining a newer fleet, results in minimal mechanical problems and more efficient operations, so that means the performance of our coaches is second-to-none for safety, reliability, comfort and excellent customer service.
Drivers and safety
Victorian Touring Coaches also ensures our drivers are well-equipped when it comes to safety. All drivers hold a Heavy Rigid Driver’s Licence so they can drive a commercial passenger bus. They also have a Driver’s Accreditation and Working with Children Card which means they have undergone a thorough medical test and a National Police History Check. Most drivers also have Hazardous Endorsement Certification, to enable them to drive in difficult snow conditions. Drivers also complete Victorian Touring Coaches’ own Driver Education and Awareness Program which includes training in areas such as safe driving skills, the importance of drug and alcohol testing, and proactive management of driver fatigue.