Napier tourist buses unroadworthy
Wed, 10 Oct 2012 9:20a.m.
Two art deco tourist buses have been declared unfit for the road, despite the Napier City Council spending a reported $1 million on them.
In a road test last week, the refitted secondhand buses were found to have indicators that don't work, faulty headlights, two unattached seats and a patchy paint job.
The council had employed California-based HB Industries late last year to complete the refit.
The buses were intended to be used to take cruise ship passengers from Ahuriri to Marine Parade.
Council chief executive Neil Taylor was sent "impressive" photos of the finished buses and it was thought the buses could be running by next month, the Dominion Post reports.
However, the buses failed a road test in Wellington and could not be driven to Napier.
Mr Taylor said he was "very disappointed" with the poor-quality refitting.
"From 20 metres they look very impressive, but the finish is just not acceptable."
The full cost of the design and refit is thought to be close to $1m.
The council is unlikely to pay a $30,000 retention fee to HB Industries, Mr Taylor said.
The buses have since been transported to Hastings for a full mechanical inspection.
Mr Taylor has written to HB Industries to express his disappointment.
HB Industries owner Bob Roswell was unaware the council was unhappy with the job when he was contacted by the Dominion Post.
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12/02/2013 11:46:56 a.m.
I am voting Richard Stevenson. he has only just announced he is going to run. I had a very hard time 2 years ago, I did not know him but he came to my aid. He is the sort of person who would most certainly do his best for all Hawkes Bay.
29/11/2012 7:10:18 a.m.
I don't understand it. Kiwis have always been resourceful and talented when it came to creating cars, buses, etc. Yet, they go offshore to buy buses. I am a ratepayer and so far have been very disappointed with Napier's mayor and city council. Not voting for them in 2013.
10/10/2012 11:57:11 a.m.
What a headache ! Now who is going to finish this shabby work and who pays for it . ?? DID they [council] just go by photos and NOT seeing up close . if so they desrve to be HAD! I agree with Neil .
10/10/2012 11:11:10 a.m.
neil wilson wrote:
why would you get work done outside nz thats crazy serves the council right cheers
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