TIB954E on 172

TIB954E on Service 172


The Hino HS3K is a series of buses produced by Hino in the 1990s.

Trans-Island Bus Services/SMRT Buses

TIBS (now SMRT) had purchased and operated a total of 12 Hino HS3K buses.


In 1998, TIBS received a Hino HS3KRKA demonstrator, bodied by Volgren. It marked a return of Japanese city buses for Singapore, as previous orders after the Nissan Diesel U31RCN were of European makes. Unlike the earlier Japanese buses operated by TIBS that were built to Japanese specifications, the HS3KRKA demonstrator received the standard "CR221" bodywork by Volgren.

The demonstrator was retired early in 2013.


In 1999, TIBS made a purchase of 11 Hino HS3KRKK buses, also bodied by Volgren but with a custom front design that was later adopted in future Volgren bodied bus purchases by TIBS. These buses were the last Japanese produced city buses to operate in Singapore, as future purchases continued to be of European makes.

All of these buses were retired early in 2013.

Specification Table

Registration no. TIB905Y TIB947B - TIB957Y
Vehicle bodywork Volgren CR221
Vehicle bodywork assembler Gemilang Coachwork Supportrans
Quantity 1 11
12 (Total)
Year 1996 1999
Period of registration 21 Jan 1998 28 Aug 1999 - 5 Nov 1999
Passenger capacity Seating: 41
Standing: 39
Total: 80
Engine model Hino K13U
Engine capacity 13267 cc
Emission standard Euro II
Transmission model ZF Ecomat I 4HP 500
Power/torque 266 hp (198 kW) @ 1900 rpm / 1050 Nm @ 1450 rpm
Air-con model Konvekta Denso
EDS model Transit Media TwinVision LeDot LAWO (original)
Mobitec MobiLED (TIB952K)
Seat model Vogelsitze System 600
Door model Deans SMC Transit




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