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Bus 113 is a Renault PR100.3a (the ‘a’ denotes that it is an accessible bus), with Austral Denning body.

Bus 113 on Lathlain Street (2009)

It was the prototype wheelchair-accessible bus in the ACTION Fleet. The bus featured an electric access ramp, step-less entry, wheelchair spaces and kneeling suspension.

Prior to entering service in Canberra, Bus 113 was loaned to Brisbane Transport from 1 September 1994 until March 1995 as an evaluation vehicle. During this time it was allocated fleet number 997 and was registered 997 COQ. The front of the bus was painted into the BT livery however the remainder of the vehicle retained the ACTION livery.

It entered service in Canberra on 28 August 1995.

Following the success of the 113 trial, six more Renault PR100.3a vehicles became part of the ACTION Fleet (Buses 126-131), although these had a different seating layout and were fitted with ‘plug’ doors.

In approximately 2007, all of the PR100.3a buses were modified to remove the ramps and wheelchair spaces due to sufficient low floor buses in the fleet. The step-less entry and kneeling suspension remained, however.

As at January 2019, Bus 113 is the last remaining PR100.3a bus as 126-131 have been removed from service.

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