Used Buses in Japan

Used Buses in Japan

Used Buses in Japan


A famous proverb says necessity is mother of invention, this led to invention of means of transport and it all started with discovery of wheel, it is the very basis of movement. The technological advancement led to invent many vehicles move on wheels such as cart, the cycle, the motor-car, bus, and the railway train move on wheels. One of the revolutionary and useful  invention among them is bus.

A bus is one of most functional and innovative invention, it is a road vehicle designed to carry many passengers at one time and nowadays, playing a vital role in public transport. As time has passed we get to introduce and travelled in various type of buses. Today, there are many kinds of buses are running on roads each having different specifications and purpose.

Buses may be used for scheduled bus transport, scheduled coach transport, school transport, private hire, or tourism promotional buses may be used for political campaigns and others are privately operated for a wide range of purposes, including rock and pop band tour vehicles.


Beginning of Buses:

In year 1820, the very first bus run on the road was Horse-drawn buses. The very first motor-driven bus was designed by Sir Goldsworthy Gurney of Great Britain in year 1830.  After that electric trolleybuses arrived in 1882. The first internal combustion engine buses, or motor buses, were used in 1895. Nowadays, interest has been growing in hybrid electric buses, fuel cell buses, and electric buses, as well as ones powered by compressed natural gas or biodiesel. As of the 2010s, bus manufacturing is increasingly globalised, with the same designs appearing around the world.


Around the world:

According to need of  locations, local climate and passengers various types and features has been developed. Buses were fitted with technology appropriate such as air conditioning in Asia, or cycle mounts on North American buses. Use of buses around the world has also been influenced by colonial associations or political alliances between countries. The buses to be found in countries around the world often reflect the quality of the local roads network, with high floor strong truck-based designs common in several less developed countries where buses are subject to tough operating conditions. Population density also has a major impact, where dense urbanisation such as in Japan and the far east has led to the adoption of high capacity long multi-axle buses, often double-deckers while South America and China are implementing large numbers of articulated buses for bus rapid transit schemes.


Types of Buses:

The main categories of buses are: Articulated buses, bi articulated buses, Coaches, Customised buses, Double -decker buses, Electric buses, Fuel cell buses, full size buses, Green buses, Half cab buses, Hybrid electric buses Intercity buses, Low-floor buses, Low-entry buses, Mini buses‎, Open-top buses, School buses, Large buses, Single deck, Steam buses, Step Entrance buses, Tri-axle buses, Trolley buses.


Most Used Buses:

  • The city bus operates within the city premises and is characterized by low maximum speed, low-ride platform, provision for standing and wheelchair passengers, two entrances on the curb side, low-back seats, and no luggage space. The suburban bus is designed for short intercity runs and has high-back seats, luggage compartments and racks, and a single, front entrance.

  • The intercity type has a high-ride platform to provide maximum luggage space under the passengers, high-back seats, overhead luggage racks, television monitors, individual reading light and ventilation controls, and a restroom.

  • Trolleybuses are electric buses that receive power from overhead wires for mobility.

  • Coaches: A coach (also motor coach) is a type of bus used for conveying passengers. In contrast to transit buses that typically used within a single metropolitan region, coaches are used for longer-distance bus service. Often used for intercity and for various purposes.

  • Double-decker bus: A bus that has two floors (decks). It can carry about 70 people.

  • Single-decker bus: A bus that has one floor. It can carry about 30 people.

  • Low-floor bus: A bus that is nearer the ground than other buses so you can get in and out more easily. This type is often used in cities. The floor may get lower when the bus stops and higher when it moves.


Uses of Buses:

  • Public transport: Buses are widely used as a main public transport, carries  a large of passengers at same time and also contribute in fuel saving.

  • Tourism: Buses play a major part in the tourism industry. Tour buses around the world allow tourists to view local attractions and places. These are often open-top buses, but can also be by regular bus or coach.

  • Student transportation: In many countries, buses used to transport school children have evolved into a specific design with specified mandatory features. 

  • Promotion: Buses are often used for advertising, political campaigning, public information campaigns, public relations, or promotional purposes.


Importance of Buses:

Buses are one of the cheapest, affordable, safest, greenest and user friendly means of transport. Getting everyone on board, playing a vital role in connecting different modes of urban transport and rural public transport around the world, aside of that  reducing crowding, buses and coaches also have the lowest carbon footprint per passenger of any form of motorised transport. Buses and coaches are leading the way in implementing new low emission technology. They are often the only transport option for people who don’t drive, have disabilities or live in remote areas or belongs to middle or lower economical class. Buses and coaches have been shaping adequate mobility for more than a century.


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