9 May 2013

Major disruption to bus services in capital

5:28 pm on 9 May 2013

Bus passengers in Wellington are facing major disruption on Thursday night after nearly 10% of the fleet was taken off the road for failing to comply with safety regulations.

Nearly 30 bus services are not running after buses failed checks by the New Zealand Transport Agency and the police commercial vehicle investigation unit.

NZ Bus, who run the busy Go Bus service, said in the morning that most of the problems were around compliance, but there were some bigger issues such as minor oil leaks.

Wellington Regional Council's manager of customer services says 27 bus services have been cancelled during peak time on Thursday night.

Zelda MacKenzie says 26 bus services have been cancelled for Friday morning.

NZ Bus chief operating officer Rachel Drew said it is working with the council to minimise disruption.

Police said passengers should not be concerned for their safety. Senior Sergeant William Roy said most of the problems were minor and could be easily sorted.