Bus com­muters com­plain

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Auck­land bus driv­ers are com­pro­mis­ing pas­sen­ger safety by tak­ing off too quickly, com­muters say.

Ja­nis Carter, who lives in Mt Al­bert, has had three in­ci­dents with buses in the past four weeks. Two in­volved buses tak­ing off be­fore she was seated, and one in­volved the doors clos­ing on her daugh­ter Racheal Hub­ber.

Carter said the first two in­ci­dents re­sulted in in­jury in­clud­ing heavy bruis­ing on her knee as well as a popped rib.

‘‘Af­ter I got on the bus, the driver took off be­fore I had a chance to find a seat and sit down,’’ Carter said.

‘‘The ac­cel­er­a­tion made me fall across the seat bruis­ing my back and ribs. It made me feel sick, up­set and shocked. I have a walk­ing stick and need to be seated be­fore a driver takes off like that.’’

A num­ber of com­muters on so­cial me­dia site Neigh­bourly.co.nz echoed Carter’s griev­ances. Judy Gill­strom from San­dring­ham said she saw driv­ers who did not wait for peo­ple to be seated, even the el­derly.

Auck­land Trans­port spokesman Mark Han­nan said in­ci­dents of Carter’s na­ture were very rare, and tak­ing off was at the driv­ers dis­cre­tion.

‘‘Driv­ers are told they should ob­serve as pas­sen­gers board the bus and use their judge­ment about whether they should wait for the pas­sen­gers to be seated be­fore leav­ing,’’ Han­nan said.

SAM HEWAT/FAIR­FAX NZ

Racheal Hub­ber, left, and mother Ja­nis Carter have both had in­ci­dents on Auck­land buses in the past four weeks.

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