RVL HB216 Bus

The RVL stands for Ray Vincent Ltd., the dealer who "imported" the chassis. The origins of these chassis are shrouded in mystery.

Officially, these were supposed to be an Indian chassis based on the Bedford SB built under licence to Bedford in India. No one has been able to prove or disprove this. There were strong suspicions in NZ psv circles that they were in fact recycled Bedford SB chassis obtained locally from written off vehicles. Again this remains supposition only - no one has been able to prove this. The insiders' joke is that the "HM" in the chassis number stands for "home made". Certainly I have found no mention of this chassis elsewhere in the world. Some Indian components (eg Brake cylinders) were used but India in the 21st century is the major manufacturer of Bedford SB parts. No doubt these parts where being manufactured in 1979 and 1980 when these chassis where built.

Making me very suspicious of the origin of the vehicles is that Vernon Milne's 35 and Tui 38 have the same chassis number. I can't imagine a real manufacturer making such an error.

Nine were sold. Six are fitted with Hawke ECW style bodies and three sold to Tui Motors had NZMB bodies.

The buses on this site are actively tracked. The last registration record search was 1 February 2010

Brice Motors Ltd

This bus was used on Brice Motors services from Auckland to Whitford, Beachlands and Maraetai. Hawke C40F body.
#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later RegDate Comments
17HM2243722/11/79JL3311 Newmans Coach Lines Ltd287JL33113/5/83Whangarei 
Kiwi Coaches Ltd, Tauranga287JL33116/12/91  
Bayline Group Ltd, Tauranga287JL331126/9/97 
K J Gimson, Christchurch JL331123/1/09Reg on hold 09 

Vernon Milne, Reporoa

Hawke B40F body
#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later RegDate Comments
32HM22435925/7/79JG3070 Taupo Passenger Services Ltd32JG307029/4/92LPG 
R & T Passenger Services, Taihape32JG30709/7/03Robin Johnston 
O R McLean, Taihape JG307015/8/08reg on hold 08 
35HM2243759/2/80JM9637 Taupo Passenger Services Ltd35JM963729/4/92LPG 
Parakai Travel Ltd, Mangere, Auckland?JM963725/9/00CoF exp 11/00 
J & J Lupton, Manukau City?JM96377/4/04No CoF; At Pacific Tourways yard
withdrawn from use  26/1/10  

Nor-East Coachlines, Mangonui

Hawke B40F body
#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later RegDate Comments
3HM2243715/12/79JM9429 Warman's Passenger Transport, Te Kopuru12JM942911/3/91R W & G M Warman
M D Read, Whangarei JM942915/11/04Movan
R J Adams, Papamoa JM94299/6/06Movan
R J Adams & N E Le, Papamoa JM942928/3/09Movan

Shaws Transport Ltd, Pukekohe

Hawke B40F body
#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later RegDate Comments
17HM22437412/6/79JG3029 Murphy Buses Ltd, ThamesS17JG302917/10/01.
M Gavalas & K Smith, Whitianga.JG30295/3/04 
S Fisher, Christchurch JG302927/6/07Movan; Reg on hold 07

Tauranga Bus Services Ltd

Now Bayline Group Ltd. Hawke DP40F body
#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later RegDate Comments
44HM22434319/11/80JY6507 K W Sybers, Auckland JY65076/4/09LPG; CoF exp 09/09

Tui Motors Ltd

Te Puke. NZMB Commuter 2 B44F body. NZMB building shop records describe the vehicles as RVL/Bedford SB5.
#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later RegDate Comments
38HM22437524/2/82KJ5593 Katikati Bus Co Ltd38KJ559324/7/89.
withdrawn from use  25/1/00.
39HM22434122/4/82KJ5594 Katikati Bus Co Ltd39KJ559424/7/89.
withdrawn from use  9/10/03.
40HM22437322/4/82KJ5595 Katikati Bus Co Ltd40KJ559524/7/89.
withdrawn from use  5/12/00.

Bedford Home

Last updated 10 April 2010