Regional District of Nanaimo considers spending $60K on bus fleet software

NANAIMO – Fleet management software will allow Regional District of Nanaimo Transit buses to to come off road for inspections.

The Regional District of Nanaimo is proposing to spend $60,000 for bus diagnostic software as part of it ongoing 2017 financial plan process.

Daniel Pearce, RDN acting director of transportation and emergency services, said the fleet management software will allow for maintenance staff to determine when buses need a tune-up, among other things.

Pearce said it will also allow the regional district to track engine issues with buses, when major components fail and when parts need replacing. It allows for proper fiscal management to ensure the regional district has all the tools to keep the bus fleet on the road, he said.

“It’s also for safety, making sure that we follow a strict servicing rule. Within the certain kilometre allotment, a bus has to come off the road and get certain inspections done, so that software will help us monitor that in making sure we’re doing it on time,” said Pearce.

Budget discussion is expected to continue into the new year, with final adoption of the financial plan sometime in March.