Three new mobile alcohol and drug testing (ADT) buses have been deployed in Victoria, a fourth will hit the roads later in the month.
Featuring Iveco Metro underpinnings, the buses are the result of a close collaboration between the Aussie/Italian bus/track manufacturer, Victoria Police and specialist bodybuilder, Brimarco Byron-Wade.
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While the design, which recently won a Good Design Award, was penned by Cobalt Design.
That design called for a shortening of the Iveco Metro chassis (down to 10.5 metres), as well as customised body mounting points.
While power is provided by a 320hp 8.9 litre Cummins ISle5 SCR engine.
Take a closer look at the new Iveco/Victoria Police ABT bus:
Steve Heanes is the boss of the bus division at Iveco, he’s told heavyvehicles.com.au that the police force is very happy with the finished product.
“Response from Victoria Police to the first vehicles has been extremely positive.
“The project is gaining a lot of attention throughout the industry and we’re now receiving enquires from other Australian law enforcement bodies as well as emergency service organisations,”
“There has even been interest in the vehicles from outside Australia, including from New Zealand and Singapore.”
While one big advantage that Iveco brought to the table was its local manufacturing expertise.
“The ability to shorten and further modify the chassis in-house, and to provide our local engineering expertise to our project partners, led to a more efficient and streamlined build process.”
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