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Body/Seating Codes

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All our PDF booklets use the standard PSV Circle seating codes when describing the body and seating arrangements for double and single deck buses and coaches as detailed below:


The seating capacity of a double deck vehicle is usually expressed as the number of seats in the upper saloon 'over' the number of seats in the lower saloon - for example 30/26 indicates a vehicle having 30 seats on the upper deck and 26 seats on the lower deck. Highbridge and lowbridge refer to the body layout and not the overall height of the vehicle (i.e. lowbridge has a sunken gangway on the upper deck or part thereof).


Letters placed before the seating capacity:

AB  Articulated Bus
AC  Articulated Coach
B   Single-deck bus
C   Single-deck coach
CH  Double-deck highbridge coach
CL  Double-deck lowbridge coach
CO  Convertible open top vehicle
Ch   Char-a-banc

DP  Single-deck dual-purpose vehicle
F   Full fronted vehicle (where not normally fitted)
H   Double-deck highbridge bus
HD  Half-deck coach
L    Double-deck lowbridge bus
M   Minibus

O   Permanent open top vehicle
RC  Airport/Observation coach

T    Toastrack

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