Nearly a third of Wellington buses checked have now been ordered off the road as ''obvious fire hazards''.
A second day of inspections has revealed more faulty buses on Wellington buses, with 28 now deemed not roadworthy, up from 18 yesterday.
A police spokesman said all 28 identified in the joint operation with the New Zealand Transport Agency were leaking flammable oil.
And, even among buses that were allowed to continue to operate, many had faults. Of the 104 buses inspected over two days, nearly half had something wrong with them, from dodgy doors to faulty lights.
Police say the result were obviously "disappointing'' after 11 buses were ''pink-stickered'' and ordered off the road after a similar inspection in May.
Other faults that resulted in pink stickers in May, such as faulty exhaust fumes and emergency exits, appeared to have been fixed.
NZ bus chief executive Zane Fulljames said the failed buses were not expected to cause ‘‘significant’’ disruption to commuters.
But last night trolley bus wires came down in two separate spots on Kilbirnie Crescent, a Metlink spokesman said this morning.
‘‘Major delays’’ hit some trolley bus routes this morning, especially along routes between Kilbirnie and Hataitai – a major route from the eastern suburbs into central Wellington.
Greater Wellington Regional Council spokeswoman Philippa Lagan said it was understood a cherry picker trailer unit had snagged the trolley bus wires earlier this morning.
She said the unit was being used in setting up an event planned in the suburb (Kilbirnie) this weekend.
Ms Lagan said the cherry picker brought down the trolley bus lines earlier in the morning while a rubbish truck was thought to have collided with signal poles at the intersection, knocking out traffic lights about 6am.
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