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Minibus Crashing Season Starts

Feb 01 2008 11:02
Ashley Brown
Canoe club have kicked off the minibus crashing season, after being hit from behind on a recent trip out.
It's OK, the insurance covers the vinyls too...

Imperial's serial bus crashing committee has struck again, with the RCC's Canoe Club bringing a crashed bus home this week. Rather bizarrely for an ICU minibus crash, another vehicle was involved - previous Union crashes have happened "all by themselves". This time the bus was struck from behind by a car.

The bus, dubbed "OTR", is the same one which was rammed into Sainsbury's car park within weeks of its purchase and has recently received the new ICU vinyl labels applied to the other minibuses. Following the great minibus cull due to London's Low Emission Zone, OTR is one of the oldest buses in the fleet at three years old.

The precise extent of the damage is unknown, however most of the panels down the right side of the vehicle appear twisted. The bus appears to have no functioning doors into the passenger area: this accident has damaged the rear doors, while the side door has apparently not shut correctly since the Sainsbury's crash. This reporter though the chassis of the bus looked decidedly "bent", however that assessment was made following yesterday's Live! bar night...

Ironically, this will be the second Health and Safety incident involving the Deputy President (Clubs & Societies) in a month - at the end of last year he was airlifted off a rock after becoming injured while on a canoeing trip. During this incident he was said to be "asleep" (no, he wasn't driving, just on the bus).

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Feb 01 2008 12:46

Sliding door works fine - don't know what you're moaning about. The back doors aren't looking so hot thought, and yes, the chasis does appear rather bent.

Rather annoying though - we were just crusing, minding our own business on the inside lane of the A40 before, well, a ruddy great bang came out of no where.

Feb 01 2008 12:49

The sliding door works fine if you define "shutting with a gap between the door and the body" as "fine".

Feb 01 2008 12:53

It's fine then!

Feb 01 2008 12:57

So does this mean OTR now refers to Off The Road?

Feb 01 2008 23:13

If you check your facts you will find the LEZ will not impact on any of the older vehicles (pre 2005) until 2010.

Feb 02 2008 09:01

Indeed...however some of the older buses have already been replaced. The only fact stated was that the LEZ had led to a minibus cull, which is correct.

7. dan   
May 10 2009 22:27

The real correct fact is boris johnson canceled the need for minibuses to comply to LEZ BY 2010 and it was minibuses pre 2002 not 2005.

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