First Aberdeen launches long-lasting onboard protection to tackle virus
- New ‘viricidal’ sanitiser, ‘Zoono Z71’ is being applied across bus fleet, ensuring continuous protection
- Operator introduces enhancement to cleaning procedures as customer numbers increase
- News follows App update allowing customers to monitor bus seat capacity, and introduction of clear, onboard social distancing signage
This week First Bus is rolling out a new, long-lasting sanitising treatment across its entire operational fleet, which kills Coronavirus on surfaces. The treatment is effective for 28 days. It is environmentally-friendly, uses no alcohol or dangerous chemicals, and is scientifically proven to be highly effective against Covid-19. It is the latest addition to the operator’s already enhanced cleaning regime and safety procedures, making travel on its networks safe for its customers and drivers.
Buses and depots will now be treated every 28 days with this “invisible shield”, which attracts and kills organisms. This latest cleaning enhancement is in addition to the daily disinfection of all driver and customer touchpoints onboard. This follows recent measures taken to reduce the capacity of each bus by over 75%, with clear seat markings in place to guide customers where to sit, and the launch of innovative functionality added to First’s mobile App; allowing customers to not only live track the location of their next bus, but also to see how many seats are available on it.
Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director of First Aberdeen said, “We are determined to do all we can to protect our customers and colleagues at this time. Our buses are essential for those who need to travel and we want everyone to understand that it is safe to use our buses.”
First Bus continues to encourage cashless payments, and the use of its App to purchase tickets, reducing the need for contact between customers and drivers. First Aberdeen has this week launched Express Mode for Apple Pay, giving customers yet another cashless method to pay for their bus travel during these unprecedented times.
First Bus App
The app update is now available in Apple and Android app stores. Dependent on individual phone user settings, the app may automatically update or require the phone user to manually select to update to the latest version 4.7
The app update is available to all First Bus app users in the UK and any customers downloading the app for the first time will automatically have the live tracking functionality
First Bus Cleaning
Zoono 71 (Z71) Microbe Shield Surface Sanitiser now in use across First Bus fleet.
Z71 products have been tested and proven internationally to provide long lasting protection against bacteria, viruses, mould and yeast in food manufacturing and critical hygiene environments.
The technology bonds to surfaces and delivers persistent protection, even after regular washing or cleaning. A protective layer, or “invisible shield” attracts and kills organisms mechanically, removing the risk of cross contamination, resistance or mutation. Zoono protection is broad spectrum - anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-algal.
In addition to the new viruscide, Zoono Z71, our vehicles are cleaned daily, seven days a week across all areas including:
- Cab doors and handles
- Grab rails & poles
- Entrance door handles
- Windows & ledges
- Ticket machine buttons
- All areas in the drivers’ cab where hand contact takes place
First Bus is one of the UK’s largest bus operators. Making journeys easier for our customers, we were the first national bus operator to accept contactless card payments across all of our services and our First Bus App is voted ‘best in class’ amongst UK bus operators. Our most recent investments are in new, state-of-the-art buses across our key networks. We work proactively with our local authority partners, making a positive impact on air quality, tackling congestion and improving customer experience. We also operate the Aircoach network in Ireland.
To find out more about ongoing safety precautions being carried out by First Bus, please visit https://www.firstgroup.com/help-and-support/coronavirus-information