Pilkington Bus Olympian Farewell Running Day

A small gallery of Leyland and Volvo Olympians operating on the day.Tom Harrison

Pilkington Bus held an Olympian Farewell event this week in light of the upcoming PSVAR deadline that will make step-entrance buses practically extinct from regular bus services.

With the PSVAR deadline fastly approaching, many companies throughout the country are holding events by using their older step-entrance buses in service for the last time as a celebration of a bygone era in bus travel.

Pilkington Bus of Accrington is no exception, holding their Olympian Farewell day on Wednesday 28th December 2016. The day saw a total of eight Leyland and Volvo Olympians of varying age being used, primarily on their 12 service which operates between Accrington and Clitheroe.

The Olympians were swapped throughout the day, this enabled enthusiasts to sample the buses on some shorter journeys on Accrington local services to Huncoat and Baxenden.

As a side note; All double-deckers used on regular services where a fare is payable require a Public Service Vehicle Accessibility Regulations (PSVAR) certificate by 1 January 2017, following the single-decker guidelines which came into effect on the 1st January 2016.

If a single-deck or double-deck bus is used in without an accessibility certificate on a regular service, it is technically a criminal offence, and therefore, may also be reported to the Traffic Commissioner.

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