A review of bus safety after three serious crashes says the NZ Transport Agency doesn’t suspect vehicle design or manufacturing deficiencies contributed to them.
Released in late December, the report was called for by Transport Minister Phil Twyford after three Mitsubishi Fuso buses crashed within 11 days in July and August 2018, killing two.
The one-page report prepared by the Ministry of Transport, “with input from the NZ Transport Agency”, said although “each of the crashes involved Mitsubishi Fuso buses manufactured between 1991 and 1995, the NZ Transport Agency does not suspect that vehicle design or manufacturing deficiencies contributed to the crashes”.
The crash on Mt Ruapehu killed 11-year-old Hannah Francis, 19 people were injured when a bus crashed on SH1 in Manawatū, and 69-year-old driver Allan Campbell died after the Tranzit Coachlines bus he was driving crashed down a bank off State Highway 3 in Taranaki injuring 13 Inglewood High School students.
The agency found all three Fuso buses that crashed had current certificates of fitness and driver licences were in order.
The three accidents are still under investigation.
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