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 General Update - February 2013
 
Both SBS Transit and SMRT Buses are continuing to take delivery of new buses as part of their fleet renewal programme, these in the main being Wrights bodied Volvo B9TLs and Mercedes-Benz Citaros for SBS Transit and MAN NL323F A22s for SMRT Buses.

The registration of new buses has been rather confusing of late following the introduction of the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) by the Singapore government which will see about 40 new bus services introduced and 800 new buses added to the existing bus fleets.

New buses funded under this scheme are registered using a pre-allocated sequence - SBS Transit buses are allocated the series SBS x3xx (e.g. SBS3301M & SBS6318J) whilst SMRT Buses are allocated the series SMB3xxx (e.g. SMB3001M).

   
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Photograph courtesy of Mark Chua

Pictured above is SMRT Buses MAN NL323F A22 with Gemilang Lion's City Hybrid bodywork, SMB3027P, on express service 850E, which is one of the 40 new BSEP service introduced.
     
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SMRT Buses had allocated their new MAN NL323s registrations in the series SMB189A-SMB354P, but appear to have deliberately started a new series of registrations to avoid clashing with existing buses carrying TIB registrations in the series TIB425R to TIB1247G. The new series commences with SMB1301K and SMB1303E is pictured above on service 700. This is a non-BSEP funded bus.
     
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Santhosk Kumar
     
Meanwhile the unsuccessful trial of Zhongtong LCK6112GHEV demonstrator SMB137A, which commenced in November 2010, has left the bus minus its SMRT logos and currently for sale.

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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Santhosk Kumar
   
Owing to the government's demand that both bus company's bus fleet is wheelchair accessible, a large number of buses were retired in 2012 - the above photograph shows several UMW bodied Dennis Lance awaiting scrapping.
 
My thanks to Mark Chua and Santhosk Kumar for providing the above update and photographs.
     

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This page last updated Saturday, 23rd February 2013
 
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