DPT Technician Training Reduces Bus Problems

December 24, 2015

Government said today [Dec 24] that new training at the Department of Public Transportation [DPT] has led to significant progress in reducing the number of out of service buses in the fleet.

A spokesperson said, “The training by a German technician from the bus manufacturer Man provided the DPT Maintenance & Technical Services Section [M&TSS] with the required tools and information to diagnose a variety of electrical and electronic problems and implement effective and efficient repairs.

“Armed with the appropriate training, DPT technicians within two weeks were able to bring six buses back online after an extended period off the road.

“The most notable is the resolution of the problem of excessive emissions from the computerized exhaust management system of the buses.

“The system was impacted by the natural operating parameters of Bermuda traffic.

“Bermuda’s low speed limits made it impossible for the bus engines to reach operating temperatures of over 300 degrees Fahrenheit, so that the system would burn particulate matter collected in the exhaust Catalytic System.

“A uniquely local solution to the resulting malfunction of the computerized exhaust management system was developed during the training exercise, which led to a managed process and procedure for cleaning the particulate matter from the Catalytic.”

DPT Acting Director, Stephen Outerbridge stated, “We are pleased with the development of the training scheme thus far. The technicians, mechanics and foremen have all found the training to be helpful in their everyday work.

“We see this as just the beginning of an effort to substantially prepare our staff to better maintain our fleet of 111 buses.

“We have other plans in the works with an overall objective to resolve some longstanding issues with the fleet. We would like to thank Mr. Mark Fields our Maintenance Section Consultant for his assistance with this training.”

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  1. Triangle Drifter says:

    “Bermuda’s low speed limits made it impossible for the bus engines to reach operating temperatures of over 300 degrees Fahrenheit”

    WOW! Never seen a diesel run that hot. Got one that even on an extended uphill pull with trailer over a mountain pass seldom gets much over 200F.

  2. asampson says:

    I would think that they are talking about exhaust gas temperature not coolant temp. If you had a Pyrometer to measure EGT going up a hill on a long haul you can easily see 900* or more.

  3. Marko says:

    These buses where “custom built” for Bermuda and now our “parameters” are a problem. Really? Spin doctoring at its best.

    • Whistling Frog says:

      If they were built for Bermuda, why do they all speed like a bat out of hell?

      • Coffee says:

        My friend who has knowledge tells me that the body is built for Bermuda but the chassis isn’t designed especially for the island . The chassis includes the frame and the engine and wheels and stuff .