Smeaton Grange-based Busabout buses found to be defective

An inspection of the Smeaton Grange-based bus company Busabout has found 32 of its 88 buses had defects, including six major defects.

The Joint Heavy Vehicle Taskforce, made up of NSW Police Roads and Maritime Services, inspected the buses on Monday and issued defect notices for suspension, tyres, brakes, warning lights and other issues.

In one case, a bus had no active rear brake lights and was subsequently taken to Campbelltown Heavy Vehicle Safety Station for further examination.

Busabout recently took over the government contract for hundreds of bus services in south west Sydney, including Macarthur.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith said compliance was an essential factor for all public passenger vehicles.

‘‘Passengers getting on a bus and paying for the privilege expect the vehicle they are getting into is road worthy and safe,’’ he said.

‘‘Given these large vehicles also transport our children to and from school each day, highlights why they must be mechanically sound and able to operate safely all of the time.’’

NSW Transport Workers Union assistant secretary Michael Aird said the results of the investigations were ‘‘alarming but not surprising’’.

‘‘In a recent survey of 285 bus drivers across western Sydney and NSW, 55 per cent of drivers reported maintenance issues going unresolved,’’ Mr Aird said.

The Advertiser has contacted Busabout for comment.