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Victorian RBT booze buses will be off the roads until June after mysterious fire

Booze buses could be off the roads until JUNE after mysterious fire – but random breath tests will continue

Victoria’s booze buses could be off the road until the end of May as police investigate how one of them caught fire.

It comes after the state’s worst Easter road toll in 14 years.

One of the 10 Victoria Police RBT buses was damaged by fire on Sunday at suburban Lilydale.

Victoria's booze buses could be off the road until the end of May as police investigate how one of them caught fire (stock image)

Victoria’s booze buses could be off the road until the end of May as police investigate how one of them caught fire (stock image)

The four large buses and six smaller vehicles in the police fleet will be checked, Acting Assistant Commissioner John Fitzpatrick said.

‘Until we find what caused the fire in the bus at Lilydale on Sunday, we won’t be deploying any buses into the community,’ he told 3AW.

‘We’re not completely sure of the cause of that fire.’

While Mr Fitzpatrick said taking the fleet off the road is ‘not the optimum’, he said police would continue to test for alcohol and drugs.

‘We don’t believe we’ll lose a great deal of capacity,’ he said.

‘The presence will be there, but that big, bounding bus that has that visual presence won’t be there until we sort out what the cause of the fire was.

‘I would certainly hope that by the end of next month, we have all of those booze buses back in operation.’

The damaged bus was one of the smaller vehicles.

Mr Fitzpatrick said all the Victoria Police booze buses were built in Melbourne and each large bus had six personnel who would be redeployed into three cars.

Five people died on Victorian roads over Easter, while 270 drivers tested positive for drugs and 300 went over the alcohol limit.

Victoria’s booze buses were also taken off the road for much of last year during the height of the coronavirus pandemic because of infection concerns.

While Mr Fitzpatrick said taking the fleet off the road is 'not the optimum', he said police would continue to test for alcohol and drugs (stock image)

While Mr Fitzpatrick said taking the fleet off the road is 'not the optimum', he said police would continue to test for alcohol and drugs (stock image)

While Mr Fitzpatrick said taking the fleet off the road is ‘not the optimum’, he said police would continue to test for alcohol and drugs (stock image)


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