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Vehicle Maintenance : Pre-trip & Post-trip Inspection

  • Every Bus Driver must perform a pre-trip and post-trip inspection on the bus, i.e. prior to the commencement and at the end of his/her shift. The aim is to do a general visual inspection of the vehicle and check that the vehicle is in good condition, note and report any defect on the bus.
  • An external visual inspection is performed by the security and workshop personnel at the gate on every vehicle leaving and entering the depot.This checklist inspection covers the bus body, tyres and includes checks such as fire extinguishers and reflector triangle. Any damage or problem is noted and reported to the workshops to be rectified.

Preventative Maintenance Programme:Vehicle 1

PUTCO spent more than R300 million on vehicle maintenance in 2008 alone.

  • We follow a scientifically designed preventative maintenance programme whereby vehicles go through a range of different inspections and services based on set frequencies (time or kilometers). On a daily basis buses are washed, refueled, oil, water and tyre checks are conducted and reported defects are repaired in the Running Repair Section of each workshop prior to the bus being sent out on the next shift.
  • NO BUS WITH A CRITICAL SAFETY DEFECT IS ALLOWED TO OPERATE

The following section deals with different types of inspections and services:

A-Service

  • All PUTCO buses undergo weekly safety inspections.
  • In some operations where buses travel low kilometers per month, the safety inspections are performed every 2,000 kilometres or two weeks.
  • During this safety inspection all critical safety components are checked.
  • This inspection is done according to a pre-defined 76 point- checklist that is completed and signed off by a Vehicle Inspector, a Foreman and the Technical Manager.
  • Any component not found to be in order, is immediately replaced or repaired, before that bus is allowed to operate.

B-Service

  • After every 10,000km is completed each bus goes in for a B-Service.
  • The B-Service takes approximately one day to complete and is done according to a 117 point checklist.
  • Once completed the bus is checked by a bus inspector and it is signed off by a Foreman and the Technical Manager.
  • This service entails inter alia changing of lubricants, filters, as well as close inspection (and repair where required) of mechanical, electrical and body components.
  • This is followed by a brake test during which the braking capacity of the bus is also checked.

C-Service

  • After every 60,000km every bus undergoes a C-Service.
  • This is a major service that takes two days to complete.
  • This service is done according to a 173 point checklist.
  • Once completed the bus is checked by a bus inspector and it is signed off by a Foreman and the Technical Manager.
  • It includes inter alia all components of a B-Service plus a full evaluation of the suspension, steering, braking and air systems, as well as oil changes of the transmission and axles.
  • This is followed by a brake test where the braking capacity of the bus is checked.

D-ServiceVehicle 2

  • After every 120,000km every bus undergoes a D-Service.
  • This is a major service that takes three days to complete.
  • It includes the contents of a B-Service and C-Service plus the replacement of certain B-units.
  • This service is done according to a 174 point checklist.
  • Once completed the bus is checked by a bus inspector and it is signed off by a Foreman and the Technical Manager.
  • This is followed by a brake test where the braking capacity of the bus is checked.