Nottingham Heritage Vehicles OTO540M, Interior Shots, 10-01-2016
Younger PCV drivers would be amazed by the sheer lack of instrumentation in the first generation rear-engined vehicles! Simple is often better however. The cab environment of OTO540M is spartan compared to modern offerings, but has some innovation in the presence of the "Auto-Steer" retro-fitted power steering system. Introduced after complaints by some drivers of heavy steering on fully laden vehicles, many drivers disliked this system . I remember one driver showing me on Cavendish Road how a small movement of the wheel would cause no steering movement, but a little more and the bus almost swerved across the road as it seemed to steer in steps, rather than smoothly.