10 Nov 2008

Police order buses off road

2:36 pm on 10 November 2008

Police are critical of bus maintenance standards after finding mechanical faults in more than a third of buses inspected during a roadside check last week in Canterbury.

Of 37 buses heading to the Kaikoura Trotting Cup, six were ordered off the road.

One had a critically worn driveshaft, while another had a failed rear suspension support and a third was leaking diesel.

Other buses had cracked windscreens, bald tyres or were overloaded.

Police say the checks show some bus operators are putting their passengers at risk.