ACT Bus presents a guide to the various bus liveries of Canberra.
Not all liveries are shown here – just the original liveries. In some cases, when the livery changed, buses were re-painted into the new scheme or a modified livery – although the last time this occurred was when Mk1 Renault PR100.2s were re-painted into the Mk2 scheme.
Commenced: 1926 – first used by AEC Renown CO1
Livery: Maroon and Buff
Commenced: 1933 – first used by Commer CO14
Livery: Biscuit fawn with wide Yellow band, trimmed in Red.
This livery originated from General Bus Company, Parramatta when two of its Commer buses were purchased. This livery remained in use for 30 years until approx 1963.
Commenced: 1963 (approx) – first used by AEC Reliance
Livery: Arctic Green roof and window surrounds, Coffee below the windows with a Carnation Red band.
This was the first use of the Z-stripe design.
Commenced: 1974 (approx) – first used by AEC Swift ZIB-229 (assumed, but not confirmed)
Livery: Arctic Green roof and window surrounds, Yellow Fire below the windows with a True Blue band.
This livery is also referred to as the Z-stripe.
Commenced: 1987 – first used by Renault PR100.2 ZIB-675
Livery: Arctic Green above windows, True Blue below windows, Yellow Fire skirt, doors and front.
Sometimes referred to as the Mark 1 livery, since it was applied only to the Mk1 versions of the PR100.2 and PR180.2
Commenced: 1990 – first used by Renault PR100.2 BUS-870
Livery: Arctic Green above windows, Yellow Fire below windows, doors and front, True Blue skirt.
Sometimes referred to as the Mark 2 livery.
Commenced: 1993 – first used by Renault PR100.3 BUS-993
Livery: Arctic Green above windows, Yellow Fire and True Blue bands below windows, Grey skirt
Used on the Renault PR100.3s and Dennis Darts
Commenced: 2004 – first used by Irisbus Agora Line BUS-300
Livery: White and Green with Orange highlight.
The “Green” livery has become synonymous with low floor, climate controlled buses.
Commenced: 2017 – first used by Scania K320UB BUS-622
Livery: Blue with Grey skirt, with thin white band
This is the “Transport Canberra” blue livery, which will be accompanied by Light Rail vehicles with a predominently Red livery instead of blue.