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New Dundee buses featuring cameras instead of wing mirrors to roll out this weekend

The new side cameras have replaced wing mirrors
The new side cameras have replaced wing mirrors

New Dundee buses featuring high-tech cameras instead of wing mirrors will appear on the streets for the first time this weekend.

The nine Xplore Dundee low emission double deckers, which will operate from Sunday, also feature more leg room, free Wifi, and USB charging.

They are similar in appearance to 14 which came into service last year, however, the added side cameras featured mean drivers will have “extremely clear” views of the road behind.

The system offers the driver a normal mirror view at the top of the monitor and a wide angle view in the lower half.

Screen brightness adjusts automatically to give increased visibility day and night.

The buses, built in Falkirk by Alexander Dennis Ltd, will operate on Service 5 and the Outer Circle.

Managing director of Xplore Dundee, Christine McGlasson, said: “We’re trying out this new technology as they are extremely clear and have a night vision function.

“We hope they’ll be even safer and more reliable than mirrors, and I’m confident the drivers of the new buses will quickly get used to them.”

Xplore Dundee’s bus fleet is now 46% low emission, including 23 Emeralds, 17 retro-fitted double deckers and three Enviro 200 Euro VI single decks.

The operator says it is working closely with Dundee City Council as plans progress to implement a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) in the city.

The council is yet to confirm when the LEZ will be introduced and has been criticised by environmental groups for the excluding Lochee Road, one of the city’s most polluted streets.

Ms McGlasson added the company is making a big effort to comply with the low emission targets.

She said: “I’m very proud to say that with the addition of these nine new buses, almost half of Xplore Dundee’s fleet is now low emission.

“All of our Emeralds are equipped with Euro VI engines, which are so clean they reduce emissions by 95% and are better for the environment than even a single car.

“We have plans to continue phasing out the older stock, investing in new buses and retrofitting mid-life vehicles, so we hope that figure will increase to make at least 75% of our fleet low emission within the next couple of years.

“It’s all part of our contribution to improving air quality in Dundee and encouraging more people to leave the car at home and catch the bus instead.”

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