mandag 29. januar 2024

No. 1630: According to Unibuss employees here in Oslo, the charging boxes themselves are also set up so that they attract moisture!

No. 1630:
According to Unibuss employees here in Oslo, the charging boxes themselves are also set up so that they attract moisture!

The proverb says the following:
"An accident rarely comes alone."

When something goes wrong, you can count on even more to go wrong!

Then for those who do not do the right thing and want to do good.
After everything that has gone wrong for Unibuss and Ruter this winter.
These new charging boxes are also not tight according to Unibuss employees.
Where on really cold days they cannot be charged, as there is frozen food inside these boxes.
Because they are not tight and when moisture gets inside.
So according to employees at Unibuss, you don't get charged as the ice and moisture paralyzes the charge. A fan or something else would have improved this box.
Moisture combined with ice settles inside the boxes, as you can see in one picture, this has presumably been tried to be improved here in the picture.
Poor people. Here you see a charging box at Alnabru as seen from the picture.
Does it appear that attempts have been made to remove it from ice and moisture?

Here are charging boxes at Alnabru, where you can also see parts of the old charging points where we had pantograph chargers that always worked.
Now it is obviously something that one struggles with, and does not work well on cold days according to what employees say.

Bus drivers who freeze - why doesn't the safety representative intervene?

Here I am told that bus drivers here in Oslo save on electricity as they do not get a fully charged bus when they are not.
They sit at 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 degrees. Where 13 degrees is max.
It is everyday in Oslo to drive an EL bus.

It really is chaos, not good in some areas as Unibus and the bus companies are doing here in the capital now.
Employees here in the city tell me that they sit with a blanket on them when they drive.
Mittens, gloves, scarf, stillongs, hat and everything that keeps you from freezing.
This is the green shift here in Europe's environmental capital (2019).
Actually, this is dramatic, where one is trying to do one's job.
But sits in a tin can and freezes.
Deeply tragic and alarming!

This sitting and freezing is completely incomprehensible that the conservation officer refuses to drive. It can't be like this and continue!?

Here is something about this, written by others.

The measures to save electricity in the cold can be summarized as follows:
• To lower the temperature inside the bus down to what is specified by Ruter, namely 13 degrees.

According to Unibuss employees, they stop keeping warm for themselves.
Sickness absence is of course sky high, who can manage to drive a bus for up to 8 - 9 - 10 hours and freeze day after day?
The entire Unibus is and remains a disaster.
That they are allowed to continue like this by Ruter is remarkable!

When Marit got a "technically OK" bus, she had to get behind the wheel in minus eleven

Problems with access in systems that should be able to preheat buses before they are driven out by the drivers.

Sauge continues that it is the buses that are the problem.
- At the weekend, half of the buses were in the garage with some fault, that they had to be charged or that there were charging points that did not work.
Not only were there delays. The bus drivers also had to dress well to keep warm. Sauge describes how the lack of access between systems means that the buses are not preheated. After technical trouble with the bus she drove at the weekend, she had to park it to get a new one.
- I drove the bus in and said I needed a new bus. When I got a perfectly OK technical bus, it was freezing cold at eleven degrees below zero. I was already quite cold before, and it took one hour to warm it up to nine degrees. Then you still get quite cold feet, she describes.

Final comment:

When I started at Unibuss in 2005, where I worked until 2021.
Over the course of 16 years, I saw that the distance between the management and us drivers just got bigger and bigger.
They lived in their own world.
Rented an expensive premises down in the center of Oslo.
Schweigaards gate 16 where they believe they are doing a great job, even with a loss of 100 million last year. Surely this year it will be many times that?

Having a hard time seeing how they will survive?

Time will tell, but it is not just the buses that are struggling here.
But also the drivers and passengers with cold buses with minimal electricity.
If I were a bus driver, I would refuse to drive such cold buses and contact the safety representative immediately.
And one more thing, if these buses have so little electricity.
Is it particularly dangerous to drive in a tunnel? Stopping in a tunnel with an EL bus is life-threatening.
If that happens, I reckon the driver's bus tag is in bad shape!

The management sits at Schweigaards gate 16 on the 3rd floor.


Although they have nice premises here at Alnabru in Strømsveien.

lørdag 27. januar 2024

No. 1629: The problems we see today with EL buses here in Oslo mostly come from poor training!?

No. 1629:

The problems we see today with EL buses here in Oslo mostly come from poor training!?

The picture of Instructor Leader for Unibuss, Oslo when I worked there.
I worked in Unibuss from 2005 to 2021. 16 years, before I quit after being fired for playing on the radio. Yes, you read that right.
No mistakes on my part in any areas, such treatment is of course completely wild.

"The very" Espen Pokorny who received that testimony at Rosenholm when he was there. The most useless driver they had ever had there.
But ended up as Instructor Leader at Alnabru.
No wonder it's the way it is here in Oslo.

When I worked at Unibuss, Espen Pokorny was instructor leader!

I worked with him out at Rosenholm. He was there 14 days before he was sent back to Alnabru. Where he first became an instructor, then a leader.
There was an Ethiopian who was the head instructor there, and he had Espen Pokorny as his student.

He said he was the most hopeless driver he had ever had.
Impossible to learn, would not learn. He ended up at Alnabru as an instructor.
And later as a manager.
He said he showed zero self-effort, had zero interest in buses and bus driving! Simply not suitable, and he eventually became a manager.
That one has problems not only with the buses. But dealing with them is completely understandable, isn't it?

Isn't it strange what we now see in Oslo that nothing works?

Chaos, chaos. Here NRK writes the following:

Almost a complete stop
On Wednesday this week, mirror-like roads brought bus traffic to an almost complete standstill in Oslo and Bærum.
A lack of salting was cited as a reason.
But the articulated buses also have another problem, according to bus expert Tom Terjesen.
He is editor of the trade magazine Bussmagasinet and has followed the bus industry for a number of years.
Terjesen is critical of the fact that most articulated buses in Oslo have rear-wheel drive. The drive wheels - and thus the engine power - sit at the very back.
This applies, among other things, to all 183 electric articulated buses in the inner city.
They are driven by Unibuss on behalf of Ruter with buses from Solaris.
Drive wheels at the very rear
The articulated buses have three axles where the wheels sit. Two axles sit on the main part of the bus, i.e. in front of the "knock". The third is located behind the joint.

When the buses are so special, training must be top notch!

It is undersized, and minimal work has been done here.
I don't think there is any improvement either.
On the contrary, nothing will be done here as Unibuss faces bankruptcy.

Final comment:

The truth is that Unibuss has had an agenda against its own employees.
Where they have tried to make good bus drivers look bad.
And those who are bad will be bad!

I believe that it is the training that is so poor and lacking.
Which has intensified this crisis quite a bit!

They have tried to remove bus driver after bus driver. Not just me, but many others.

As Tom Liarbø:


And Rolf Mandelid:

fredag 12. januar 2024

No. 1628: I have driven EL buses from 2019 - the problems that are now in Oslo with EL buses are totally incomprehensible!

No. 1628:

I have driven EL buses from 2019 - the problems that are now in Oslo with EL buses are totally incomprehensible!

Ruter and Oslo Municipality have showered the bus company Unibuss with billions of dollars over the years.
Unibuss has done one thing, spent money like a drunken sailor.
They have buses and materials.
Has properties and so much that is unused and falling into disrepair.
Now Unibus is bankrupt – technically bankrupt.
Will they be saved by Oslo Municipality?
Routes, we they start giving Unibuss fines and cancel the contracts?
Neither Nobina nor Connect Buss, which runs here in Oslo, has anywhere near those problems.
Here is the deficit from 2022 and a few years later.
Which is at an astronomical 35 million in 2022.
Last year, the deficit was supposedly triple compared to 2022.
Well over 100 million.
If Ruter fines Unibuss as they should, the deficit will surely be over 1 billion in 2024. Then the equity is eaten up and they are not just technically bankrupt, but bankrupt.
Waiting in anticipation!

Up to 1,000 departures canceled every day recently here in the capital.

I don't see how that's possible. It is not the cold primarily, but an incompetent and dysfunctional bus company that is the main problem.
They don't have such a simple problem with a plant that works.
As it is obviously not tight, as the buses have problems charging.

Unibuss has run electric buses here in the capital since 2019.
With a lot of experience one would believe!

The following is stated in this article from 2019:

Largest Nordic electric bus fleet

The experience will come in handy when the supplier will now be involved in electrifying Oslo. The large order for electric buses comes as a result of Ruter having entered into agreements with several bus companies to deploy a large number of electric buses during 2019. Unibuss will operate a total of 42 out of 76 electric buses in Oslo, and thus gets the largest the electric bus fleet in the Nordics.

- We are grateful that our client Ruter has shown us this trust. Now we are looking forward to delivering a much more environmentally friendly and quiet public transport service, says Øystein Svendsen, managing director of Unibuss.

Unibuss is already running two 12-metre battery-electric buses on line 74, in a pilot test with client Ruter.
(end of quote.)

Not only that, there have been buses other than diesel buses in Unibuss for many years!

Mentions both gas and hydrogen buses from VanHool in Holland 10 years ago.

The electric buses arrived well in 2019, the year Oslo is the European environmental capital.

They are supplemented with Diesel buses from 2017.
These 30 electric VDL buses were stationed at Alnabru.
Lines 20, 21, 28, 34, 37 and 54 are served by these 30 articulated buses, where the electric articulated buses can only be used for a few hours in the morning and a few hours in the afternoon on weekdays due to the range.

In other words, the electric bus should have been tested? Or is Unibus missing something?

Then come 5 years later and say that it is childhood diseases that we are now seeing with all the problems in Oslo. That's a lie!

Taking one with the other buses, buses other than pure diesel buses have been tried out over many years.

Final comment:

Unibuss is the bus company that has received billions through Ruter and Oslo Municipality.
But in 2022 alone, Unibus has gone over 35 million in the red.

Last year, i.e. 2023, Unibuss lost more than 100 million.

The whole of Unibuss is a company that is totally mismanaged.
It's only a matter of time, isn't it, before Unibus is history?
This is how it is when you act like people without responsibility, and want and do good and right!

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