|Manufacturer||DAF Bus BV|
|Local Operators||SMRT Buses|
|Emission Standard||Euro I|
The DAF SB220LT is a rear-engined single-deck transit bus built by DAF Bus International in the 1980s and 1990s, now known as VDL Bus Chassis. Like other DAF buses, the chassis was manufactured in the Netherlands, and available in high-floor or low-entry versions. It has been superseded by the DAF SB200 and SB250.
Trans-Island Bus Services (TIBS) acquired 84 of such buses between 1990 and 1997, in two different batches. Some of these buses in the earlier batch were diverted to City Shuttle Service (CSS).
TIBS DAF SB220LT – First Batch
In 1990, Trans-Island Bus Services (TIBS) purchased 34 units of the DAF SB220, right after the registration of the Hino HT238Ks and Nissan Diesel U31SCN. They were registered between TIB391D — TIB424T.
- DAF LT 160L engine
- ZF Ecomat 4HP500 gearbox
Four-speed automatic .
- Hispano Carrocera bodywork
Chassis built in Netherlands, bodied by Hispano Carrocera in Spain
The introduction of the DAF SB220 marked the first batch of European buses to be brought in by TIBS, which previously had a fully-Japanese fleet with various models of Hinos and Nissan Diesels. Entering service in 1990s, it represented a new era of TIBS buses to hit the roads. Bodywork from Spanish bus builder Hispano Carrocera proved to be successful, and they would be the bodywork of choice for TIBS, fitted on the future Mercedes-Benz O405s and O405Gs.
Another first for TIBS was the use of the Electronic Display Signage (EDS) supplied by BKB Electronica, of the flip-dot design. The EDS eventually became a standard feature of all subsequent orders of TIBS buses. It wasn’t until over 10 years later, in 2001, that SBS Transit (formerly SBS) would fit EDS units to their new batch of Dennis Tridents.
The Hispano bodied SB220LTs were first deployed on TIBS’s new semi-express routes; 950, 951 and 952 which connected Woodlands New Town with Shenton Way, Boon Lay and Marina Centre respectively. In 1995, 20 DAF SB220s were transferred to subsidiary City Shuttle Service (CSS) as part of a fleet upgrading programme, which previously only operated on 25-seater midi-buses.
TIB405Z — TIB424T were re-registered as CSS270B — CSS0289Z and repainted with the CSS livery, where they would spend the remaining of their lifespan.
Upon retirement, most of the buses were scrapped, while some of these units were sold to Ritchies Transport Holdings and Bayes Coachlines of New Zealand, where they continued operating in their largely original condition.
TIBS DAF SB220LT – Second Batch
In 1995, Trans-Island Bus Services (TIBS) purchased another 50 units of the DAF SB220, right after the purchase of the Scania L113CRL. They were registered as TIB675K – TIB724C between 6 Oct 1995 and 2 Dec 1997, and had little resemblance to the first batch of SB220s.
- DAF LT 160L engine
- Voith DIWA 381.4 gearbox
- Water Alexander Senata bodywork
Chassis built in Netherlands, bodied by Walter Alexander Coacbuilders in UK
- Hispacold underfloor air-conditioning
- LAWO Electronic Display Signage (EDS)
LAWO Green flip-dot matrix, standard size for future buses introduced by TIBS
These were the second batch of Walter Alexander-bodied TIBS buses after the Scania L113CRLs, with a unique three-piece slanted windscreen design giving it an odd appearance. Like the previous batch of Mercedes-Benz O405s and Scania L113CRLs, these batch also debuted with Electronic Display Signages (EDSes) from LAWO, commonly known as the green flip-dot, which were installed on the front and side of the bus.
The bus has a licensed carrying capacity for 73 passengers, comprising of 45 seated and 28 standing passengers.
Under SMRT Buses, some of the DAF SB220s underwent mid-life refurbishments to extend their lifespan by two years. TIB707C was the first to undergo refurbishment, with the original green panels repainted to cream-white for a fresh new look, and original green fabric seat covers replaced with blue and orange ones. Four seats were removed for a standee area in front of the exit door, and its EDS was upgraded to a Mobitec MobiLED.
Eventually, 33 more DAFs would undergo refurbishment, but with a different color scheme for seat covers. The red, blue and purple seat covers were identical to those used on the OC500LEs.
Most refurbished DAFs were equipped with the Mobitec MobiLED EDS unit, but some were given a LAWO SICMA EDS unit instead. A minority retained their original LAWO green flip-dot EDS units.
TIB700X has its original front replaced with a Hispano front from a Mercedes-Benz O405 after an accident in 2002.
De-registration of this batch of buses will commence in end 2013.