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Neutral bus cleaning in action at First

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First Bristol, Somerset & Avon has introduced new cleaning products from Autoglym to improve vehicle life expectancy. The company is now using all-neutral cleaning products rather than the alkaline-based detergents which are known to have a detrimental effect on bodywork and chassis.

Tony White, First Bristol, Somerset & Avon’s Fleet Presentation Manager, explains: “While we believe our fleet will look better and last longer, we are also protecting the warranties of the buses in our fleet by following the manufacturer guidelines,” explains Tony White, First Bristol, Somerset & Avon’s appropriately-titled fleet presentation manager.  “First Group’s Fresh Start! initiative to improve the appearance of the fleet throughout the country and to standardise procedures seemed to be the ideal time to take a long hard look at not only our procedures but also our products.”

An initial three-month trial at its depot in Bristol involved a switch to the new Autoglym neutral products, and a staff training programme.

“To ensure all our cleaning staff had a full understanding of what we were trying to achieve, we arranged structured training to explain the benefits of the biological detergent and to demonstrate how to achieve the best results,” says White. “Within six weeks we saw an improvement to the vehicle exteriors, with dirt from the seams lifted and a marked improvement to the paintwork and glass.
“At our request Autoglym’s R&D team developed a neutral de-greaser. WrightBus has subsequently confirmed it meets its warranty requirements.”

Following the successful switch in the single depot trial, First has since rolled out the initiative across all nine of its depots in the Bristol, Somerset and Avon area.

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