Tuesday, October 13, 2009

About time II

The Auckland Regional Transport Authority has given NZBus until 5pm today to explain when it is going to restore bus services, or it will start the process of cancelling its contract for non-performance. That process will take a while - between two and six months - but faced with a company which simply will not do what it is paid to, it looks like a good option. As for the future, I'd like to see Auckland running its own buses again (they are clearly too important to be left to the market). But if they can't, then I'd hope they include much higher penalties for non-performance in their next contract, to provide a serious incentive to avoid repeating this kind of problem.