Alexander Dennis says that newly-built Plaxton Leopard coaches are now available with dual seating arrangement certification. The new feature enables operators to switch from 3+2 seating – typically featuring 72 seats in a 12.8m long vehicle – to 2+2 seating for 59 passengers without the need for an inspection by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), enabling them to quickly downseat or upseat coaches to reflect changing operational requirements. Built on the well-known Volvo B8R chassis, the model has a flat floor with dual tracking designed to allow changes in interior configuration.
Alexander Dennis Sales Manager for New & Used Coach Sales Simon Wood explained: “The Plaxton Leopard already is one of the industry’s favourite coaches thanks to its excellent versatility. Dual certification is the logical next step in the evolution of this popular product, cutting out the paperwork when operators adjust vehicles to changing requirements for different seasons or new contracts and making the Plaxton Leopard even better value for money all around.”
Dual certification is available from now on newly-built coaches originally manufactured to 3+2 configuration, covering stock vehicles as well as coaches built to order.