猛獅14.220 MAN 14.220

編號 Class:DBAY36,37

當愉景灣隧道工程進行得如火如荼同時,愉景灣交通服務有限公司亦積極籌備相關途經路線的預備工作,當中包括訂購行走有關路線的巴士。首批因應隧道通車而購買的是兩架猛獅14.220單層巴士,同時為猛獅服務愉景灣社區揭開序幕。

按照猛獅的命名準則,不難理解這是一台承重十四噸,配最大馬力達二百二十匹引擎的底盤,車身方面採用了荷蘭的Berkhof出品,雙門配合低地台設計,方便乘客進出車廂。用於猛獅14.220上的Berkhof車身對香港來說並不陌生,九十年代中期當粵港直通巴引進歐洲客車時,一併將Berkhof這名字帶來香港,而且當城巴於一九九八年增購猛獅24.310雙層巴士時,亦是採用這家車身廠出品。

說回這兩架猛獅,當在一九九九年抵達愉景灣時隧道仍未通車,於是改為行走區內路線,而當愉景灣隧道啟用後,偶爾亦會服務往返東涌巿中心的路線。猛獅14.220車廂合共可運載六十一名乘客,但未有預留任何位置供輪椅停泊,除了設置三十六個座位,其餘位置則闢作企位之用。除此之外,車廂入邊亦增設行李架,方便乘客擺放雜物。原裝車頭牌箱是採用牌布,但側牌則未有使用,直到大約二零零八年,愉景灣交通服務有限公司替兩架巴士翻新時,在更換電子路線牌箱時才開始使用左側路線牌。

配合愉景灣的全新企業形象,兩架猛獅14.220亦不會例外,除了車隊編號由HKR36及37改成DBAY36及37,披上全新車隊色彩。目前兩架猛獅主力行走9,9A路線,而鮮有執行對外路線的任務。

When the construction of Discovery Bay Tunnel still processing, DBTSL actively in preparing the opening of the external routes including acquired additional buses. The first batch to be ordered was a pair of MAN 14.220 low floor buses, the first MAN product in DBTSL.

The gross vehicle weight and the maximum horsepower of the engine can be known from the model name according to the tradition nomenclature of MAN: the first two digits represented the gross vehicle weight while the last three, maximum horsepower of the engine. These two MAN 14.220 were bodied by Berkhof from Netherlands, Berkhof was first introduced to Hong Kong in mid. of 1990s when GDHK purchased a large number of European coaches with their bodyworks. In addition, when City Bus placed further order for MAN 24.310 double decker, Berkhof bodywork was chosen too.

When they were delivered in 1999, construction works of the tunnel not yet completed and DBTSL arranged them serving internal routes. MAN 14.220 can accommodate 61 passengers with 36 seats provided, though they are low floor design, no wheelchair parking bay offered while a luggage rack was provided for commuters. Before 2008, roller-blind route display was used and after refurbishment works carried out, electronic route display was fitted.

The MAN 14.220 mainly served internal routes 9 and 9A at present though they supported the route running between Discovery Bay and Tung Chung in the past. They were painted with standard Dbay corporate colour scheme in 2010 with their fleet number changed from HKR36 and 37 to DBAY36 and 37 to cope with the new image of Dbay.


車隊編號/車牌 Fleet No./Registration No.:DBAY36/JC3426

車隊編號/車牌 Fleet No./Registration No.:HKR37/JC4122

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