DT Dobie Receives Safety Award for Locally Built Mercedes-Benz Buses

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Dr. William Ruto (center), the Deputy President of Kenya presents a bus safety award to Joe Mungai ( left), the DT Dobie Driver Trainer for Mercedes Benz heavy commercial vehicles and Richard Bulifa ( right), a senior sales representative. The award recognized the use of purpose-built bus chassis sourced from Daimler for locally made Mercedes Benz buses.

Safety Plus Consulting Limited held the 20th Annual National Road Safety Awards Ceremony with the Deputy President Dr. William Ruto as the guest of honour.  DT Dobie was presented with a bus safety award for the locally built Mercedes-Benz buses that use dedicated bus chassis unlike most buses in the country which are made with truck chassis.

The bus bodies follow Daimler bus body building directives and KEBS Standards. They are inspected by Kenya Association of Bus Manufacturers (KABM) and the Motor Vehicle Inspection Center before they are registered for public transport.

The Mercedes-Benz 917 has a 170 horse power engine and anti-lock braking system (ABS). It is ideal for schools, colleges and commuter services and can accommodate up to 41 passengers. The other model is the MB 1730 which is made for long distance travel and can carry up to 67 passengers.

The buses have set new benchmarks and regional standards of comfort, safety and reliability. Active safety features of the bus chassis include braking systems with ABS (Antilock Braking System), precision steering and good road handling resulting from chassis and suspension systems specifically designed for buses.

“This award is a testimony of the efforts DT Dobie is making to guarantee safety and comfort for Mercedes Benz bus users in line with Daimler safety requirements. Their standards exceed the specifications laid down by local regulations,” said Joe Mungai, Driver Trainer for Mercedes Benz Heavy Commercial Vehicles.