On 1 July 2020, an era came to close when Bus 116 – the last remaining ACTION Renault PR100.3 – was retired from service.

Bus 112 at Chapman Terminus with Sportworks DL2 bike rack fitted.

The PR100.3 was the successor to the Renault PR100.2. It featured the distinctive front cowl of the Renault R312 bus with the body built by Austral Denning of Brisbane. A total of 42 of these buses entered service between 1994 and 1996: the first six having PR100.2 running gear (with two of these originally running on natural gas before being converted to diesel). Seven were modified to enable wheelchairs to use the bus, however this capability was removed in 2007.

Bus 130 in its original wheelchair-accessible configuration

At present only Bus 991 has found a home with another operator (Sid Fogg’s), but it is hoped that others from the fleet will live on. While there may be no more PR100.3s, their older siblings (the PR100.2) will continue to roam the streets of Canberra for a while yet.

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