Safety crucial in L&F’s choice of future fleet
Employees and clients must know we really do care, says CEO, as company opts for Volvo’s well-established safety record
By making the decision to incorporate only Volvo buses into its growing fleet, L&F Mine Transfers has embarked on building one of the
finest and safest fleets on Australian roads.
For the past four decades, Volvo has put safety, quality and environmental care at the top of its list of product attributes and, as a
result, its name has become an international byword for road safety.
So wherever in Australia you are as you relax and enjoy the journey aboard your L&F Mine Transfers’ service, you are being constantly
protected by Volvo’s length of experience and breadth of expertise as engineers of the highest-quality transport vehicles.
L&F Mine Transfers’ CEO Lindsey Ward said the choice of Volvo coaches was directly linked to one of his company’s operational “core
values” and to four of L&F’s six primary health and safety objectives.
The core value states: “We regard the safety of our passengers, staff and the general public as the first priority in all aspects of our
The four relevant health and safety objectives commit L&F to be an industry leader in the area, to aim for continual improvement with
the goal of preventing injury or harm to people or the environment, to maintain the highest compliance with all applicable health and safety
and transport laws and standards and to maintain the fleet to standards capable of ensuring safety and reliability.
“L&F is determined to remain at the forefront of safety and comfort,” Mr Ward said. “Every effort is made to ensure all clients benefit
from a premium class of transport and they can rest assured the wellbeing of their team remains paramount to our way of operating.”
Among other initiatives, Mr Ward said, L&F placed high priority on:
Providing all drivers with rigorous, certified defensive driving training as well as superior training in fatigue management and mitigation;
- Employing a 100% “seat belts must be worn on board at all times” policy;
- Using live, round-the-clock GPS monitoring of the L&F Mine Transfers’ fleet;
- Engaging in an industry-leading preventative maintenance program; and
- Requiring all employees and management to engage in regular risk analysis programs.
“In the area of safety, our mantra is simply to be second to none,” he said. “It’s important that both our employees and our clients know
that, here at L&F, we really do care about their health and safety.”
L&F and Volvo: Putting Safety First
It’s all made possible by the Volvo B7R chassis – precision-built with a robust and dependable bolted steel frame designed for a long,
problem-free life. Built using cutting-edge technology, it has proven to be among the safest, cleanest, most fuel-efficient and reliable
Using the chassis, Volvo Bus Australia, in partnership with body-building giant Marcopolo and backed by Volgren Australia, has been able to
deliver the newest model Volvo B7R, one that sets new safety benchmarks for the Australian transport market.
Among other features, the multiplexed electronics system ensures all safety features aboard your L&F Mine Transfers’ Volvo are checked
at each engine start-up.
The new Volvo B7R with Marcopolo body comes standard with safety features that aren’t usually found on regular buses, such as reversing
sensors, security and forward-facing cameras, anti-crush door controls, full-capacity seatbelts and LED clearance lights and interior
lights. The windshields and bonded glass panes maximise driver visibility.
The B7R also has mechanical features necessary for any operator who is serious about safety, including four-wheel disc brakes, ABS and
active suspension that allows for a smooth ride and exceptional manoeuvrability.
As L&F’s fleet grows, more of these exceptional vehicles will carry passengers on Australian roads – and that can only be a good thing
for our travellers, wherever they’re going.