4WD IN FUNCHAL

There are few low-floor buses in Madeira and, as PATRICK CROSS explains, three urban routes require high-floor midibuses built on truck chassis to negotiate steep gradients and exceptionally tight turns

A MOBIpeople-bodied Volvo FL8, one of four in the HF fleet, descending into Jamboto.

The Portuguese territory of Madeira, known as the Jewel of the Atlantic, remains an interesting destination for the bus enthusiast, even if the charismatic AEC-UTICs that dominated the island’s bus scene for many years are long gone.

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