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Victoria's booze buses could be off the road until the end of May as police investigate how one of them caught fire. It comes after the state's worst Easter road toll in 14 years.One of the 10 Victoria Police RBT buses was damaged by fire on Sunday at suburban Lilydale. © Provided by Daily Mail Victoria's booze buses could be off the road until the end of May as police investigate how one of them caught fire (stock image) The four large buses and six smaller vehicles in the police fleet will be checked, Acting Assistant Commissioner John Fitzpatrick said.
Victoria's entire fleet of booze buses will be out of action until at least the end of May after one caught fire in Melbourne's outer-east at the weekend.
Investigators believe the blaze now started in the plant room, despite the force initially indicating the electric sign caused the fire on Sunday.
Victoria Police earlier said the electric signage on its 10 booze buses would be disabled until the exact cause of the fire was determined.
However, the entire fleet of alcohol and drug-testing buses will now be taken off roads and examined over the next month as an additional safety precaution.
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Police will be forced to rely on handheld units at mobile testing sites as engineers continue to investigate the fire.
Acting Assistant Commissioner John Fitzpatrick toldpolice would still be testing drivers.
"We'll still be out there testing people for alcohol and drugs," he said.
"What we would normally have on a booze bus is six people, so we'll put those now into cars.
"Instead of having one large booze bus, we'll have three cars."
Emergency services were called to Lilydale just after 2.30pm on Sunday after smoke was seen billowing from a police booze bus at a breath-testing site on the Maroondah Highway.
The fire was extinguished a short time later and no one was injured during the incident.
"The small booze bus will undergo a full inspection and a report into the cause will be prepared by a fire investigator," a police statement said.
Booze buses were also taken off roads for months in 2019 due to steering and braking issues.
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