The incredible story behind this photo of a very ordinary bus that changed life in Australia forever
- Photograph emerged of old school RBT bus
- Vehicle was first one sent to NSW Central Coast
A photograph has emerged of an old school Random Breath Test bus that was used to check the blood alcohol level of drivers.
The beat-up looking shuttle is understood to be the first of its kind to be sent up to Warnervale on the NSW Central Coast during the early 1980s.
New South Wales Historic Patrol Vehicles posted a photograph of the vehicle on Facebook showing a vintage bus.
‘NSW Police Breath Testing Unit’ is emblazoned on the side of the bus.
A photograph has emerged of an old school Random Breath Test bus that was used to check the blood alcohol level of drivers
Two men are seen holding a couple of beers with one dressed in a singlet while the other one pulls a dopey face at the camera.
‘My fathers (left in pic) was the Maintenance Manager and used to work on it,’ the post read.
‘He used to talk about it having a bullet hole in the left hand front corner were you can see overspray after the repair.’
Social media users shared their fond memories of the buses with one pointing out they were not the most reliable vehicles.
‘Heard stories of this bus being used as a party bus parked at the back of the workshop,’ one wrote.
‘The old bus broke down on many a trip, especially the Bathurst missions,’ another added.
A second person poked fun at the ironic sight of two men holding beer bottles in front of an RBT bus.
‘Now that is how you do maintenance, check the bretho is working and all,’ he wrote.
One social media user shared a humorous anecdote of an RBT bus that gave an elderly woman a lift home.
‘That is probably the same RBT bus that Roy Matheson, (RIP my friend)was working in when he and his offsider picked up an elderly lady at a bus stop one day and drove her home, right to the front door,’ he wrote.
Random Breath Testing was introduced in 1982 with fatal crashes involving alcohol dropping from 40 per cent to 15 per cent over the decades
‘According to Roy, they helped her onto the bus and sat her down and when she mentioned the table and chairs, he told her it was something new for added passenger comfort.
‘When he told me this story I nearly dropped the phone because I was on the floor laughing so much. Would love to know what the neighbours thought when they dropped her off. Thats our Roy.’
Random Breath Testing was introduced in 1982 with fatal crashes involving alcohol dropping from 40 per cent to 15 per cent over the decades.
Before booze busses were introduced drink driving was common place right across Australia, and they’ve been credited for saving thousands of lives.
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