Buses are a part of everyday life — especially for school children, who travel on them twice a day.
Who stops to think of the wear and tear on the floors from thousands of school childrens' feet and bags, or the risk of someone slipping in rainy weather, as the bus comes to a halt, or the children are scrambling to get on or off?
The company which builds Australia's school buses — the premier Australian coach building company, Brisbane-based Mills-Tui — does. Mills-Tui specifies Polyflor flooring products for all its Orbit school and charter buses, supplied to bus and coach companies in Queensland, Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.
Orbit buses are not only for schoolkids, they are standard public transport buses in some states, and are also used by mining companies to ferry staff between their mines and accommodation.
Floors need to be tough to take this wear day in, day out!
Mills-Tui also specifies Polyflor products for their more glamorous but still hardworking Majestic luxury charter and touring coach. Once again, the floors have to cope with thousands of feet and bags and provide a safe travelling environment, especially when tourists or coach groups are boarding or disembarking
The company produces about 100 of these heavy vehicles per year, designed to Australian statutory requirements and manufactured to suit Australian conditions.
Bus and coach production manager, Alan Brooks says it has specified Polyflor since 2001, as the two flooring products used best meet wear and slip requirements and are easily maintained.
For steps and entry areas, Polyflor's SaarFloor Noppe Stud tile in black is the standard. Made of high grade synthetic rubber for quietness, resilience and comfort underfoot, the low profile studded surface provides a durable and stylish look in a high traffic area.
In the main flooring area, the Classic Mystique resilient sheet flooring provides an attractive, high performance, heavy duty floor for any bus or coach.
Sealed with polyurethane to allow a low-cost, lifetime polish-free maintenance regime, its non-directional patterning allows bus and coach companies to choose colours to suit their corporate image.