Malaysian company UMW Specialist Vehicles, Sdn Bhd. partners with Dennis, UK to
produce and assemble Dennis buses in the country. As there were
too many left over buses lying in the garage, Tibs was able to buy the Lances at
a cheaper price. Tibs ordered a total of 50 units fitted with Duple Metsec
bodies. Some of the earlier Lances used plastic front and side destos, but they
were subsequently replaced by Twin Vision EDS. The first bus went to its
subsidiary Singapore Shuttle Bus (SSB) in 1998, and was registered as CSS310U.
Another 48 buses were registered soon after that. 41 of which entered mainstream
service and were registered with "TIB" prefix while the rest were
registered with "PA" prefix. These PA-registered Lances were painted
in the standard Tibs livery but without any corporate logo. The last unit was
left unregistered in Woodlands Depot. In 2003, this bus was registered as
PA4076K. Tibs is currently seeking buyers for these buses.
2000, Tibs introduced 20
UK-made Dennis Lances
that they had ordered previously. They were also bodied by Duple Metsec.
All 20 buses were initially registered with "TIB" prefix, but the last
5 buses were later re-registered with "PA" prefix while still inside
Ang Mo Kio Depot. As a result, these 5 PA-registered UK-made Lances have the
Tibs logo painted on the buses, unlike the PA-registered Malaysian Lances.
Also in 2000, Tibs introduced 2 Dennis Lances that were fitted with Volgren bodies instead of Duple Metsec. The chassis were produced by UMW and were later fitted with Volgren bodies in Johor Bahru. These two buses are usually deployed on service 851.
Currently all the Lances are based in Ang Mo Kio Depot.
Technical / Operational Information
|Duple Metsec body|
Registration number range
|TIB906U - TIB946D; PA644Y; CSS310U||PA639M, PA648Z, PA649J, PA669B, PA715B, PA716Z, PA4076K||TIB1017D - TIB1018B||TIB1002X - TIB1016G||PA2020J, PA2022D, PA2054L, PA2058B, PA2063K|
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