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Lochs Motor Transport introduces new Panther to Isle of Lewis fleet

Published: 16 Jan 2019

Lochs Motor Transport, based on the Isle of Lewis, the most northerly part of the Outer Hebrides archipelago, has introduced a new Plaxton Panther to its growing fleet of vehicles.

The 12.8m 53-seat coach has gone straight into service on the well-known NL1 route, which covers 16 pick-up points in the north of the island. It has wood effect flooring, automatic dimming lights in the saloon, gangway LED lighting, recliner seats with three-point safety belts, radio and DVD, PA system, eight-camera CCTV, GPS tracking, alloy wheels and is DDA compliant with a PLS lift at the front entrance.

Company director Roddy MacDonald, who runs the business with his sister Ann Smith, said: “The new Panther will operate on service routes, school contracts, tours and private hires. It will also augment the sightseeing excursions we provide for cruise ship passengers arriving in Stornoway, who are keen to tour the Western Isles and the North of Scotland.”

Roddy added: “Our relationship with Plaxton goes back many years and their vehicles dominate our fleet. The great thing about the Panther is its flexibility. It has an outstanding track record and exemplifies everything we are trying to achieve in terms of providing stylish, quality vehicles that consistently perform well, and have both driver and passenger appeal.”