Multicoloured bus is already proving a hit for East Lancs weddings and special occasions

Multicoloured bus is already proving a hit for East Lancs weddings and special occasions

Multicoloured bus is already proving a hit for East Lancs weddings and special occasions

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by

THIS beautifully decorated vehicle is the only one of its kind operating in East Lancashire.

The Pakistani-style bus made its first appearance on the streets of Blackburn at Eid.

And now it is set to be a popular addition at weddings and other special occasions.

Truck artists in Pakistan are highly renowned for their skills and expertise, but it is rare for such a vehicle to be shipped to the UK.

The owners, Shazad and Imran Akhtar, said the whole project took more than 18 months to complete.

Imran said: “We wanted to add something to our wedding car hire fleet and felt this area really needed something like this.

“Wherever it goes it turns heads and causes a traffic jam! It has had a very warm welcome from people of all communities who just have to have a picture with it and want to have a look inside.

“It was not easy but the final result really takes your breath away.

“We built the whole bus from scratch with dedicated designers and craftsmen in Pakistan.

“We were getting e-mails every day about any changes and updates.”

Each part of the vehicle is decorated differently, with variations depending on the regional style.

Although the decorative process is usually very expensive, it is still practiced throughout Pakistan as well as a few other countries.

It transports up to 14 passengers, has a top speed of 70mph and is driven by a HGV driver who has previous experience of operating one of these vehicles in Pakistan.

Shazad added: “It meets all safety standards and is fully UK compliant with seat belts for every passenger.

“It is fully registered with the DVLA and totally road legal.

“It came via a container, which was the easiest way to bring it over.”

For further information on the ‘Punjabi bus’ call Shazad on 07971 101 271.

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8:48pm Thu 14 Aug 14

glossopkid says...

This surely is different. I'll keep me eye out for it .
This surely is different. I'll keep me eye out for it . glossopkid
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10:13pm Thu 14 Aug 14

EDL make me laugh says...

I saw it the other day
Should be near the Blackpool promenade instead :-)
I saw it the other day Should be near the Blackpool promenade instead :-) EDL make me laugh
  • Score: -1

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