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Tranzurban “95 per cent there” for launch of new bus service, needs 40 more drivers

Press Release – Tranzurban
Tranzurban managing director Paul Snelgrove says the company is “95% there” in its preparations to begin operation of passenger bus services in the Hutt Valley and Wellington.

New Hutt services begin this Sunday, with Wellington services getting under way from July 15.

“Four days to go before we begin our Hutt operations and we’ve recruited 210 drivers, with just 40 vacancies to fill,” says Snelgrove.

“More than 200 of the new Euro 6 buses have arrived in Wellington, and the new Upper and Lower Hutt depots are near completion.

“We’re at the stage where we can fill our recruitment needs within the broader Tranzit group.

“However, we know that some existing Wellington drivers feel uncertain about exiting their current arrangements with their current employer and joining our team.

“Most of these drivers can be certain that, at $22.20 an hour, they’ll be $134 better off over 40 hours worked with Tranzurban. Lower Hutt drivers will be on $21.40. They no longer need to worry about chasing overtime rates, or being excluded from those roster opportunities by senior drivers.

“We’ll be holding another round of our popular information sessions with drivers so they can see for themselves what a career at Tranzurban is like. We’ll also meet with the Tramways Union to discuss a possible collective agreement for their members.

“We’re very comfortable with working with Tramways, as we offer some of the best hourly rates and terms and conditions in the country, verified independently. A small number of drivers, who hog the overtime, won’t be better off and they’re obviously free to choose not to join us.”

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  1. Roy Kutel, 14. June 2018, 20:08

    So just 40 drivers short and 95% there? That puts the total number of drivers at 800. Big operation or a ‘porky’ fact from Mr Snelgrove?

  2. Wellington Commuter, 20. June 2018, 20:11

    Bus woes in Wainuiomata following change of contract. I also understand that the Hutt Valley bus service is still short of drivers. Next month the whole of Wellington/Porirua/Kapiti will be like this… [via twitter]

  3. Josie B., 21. June 2018, 14:21

    Chris Laidlaw and his team of councillors should be trained up as bus drivers so they can do something useful for their $60,000+ a year salaries. They only need to attend 12 meetings a year for goodness sake so they should all have plenty of time to drive some buses around town.