Preven­ta­tive main­te­nance of­ten late for buses

Au­di­tor gen­eral re­port aimed 6 out of 10 rec­om­men­da­tions at Hal­i­fax Tran­sit man­age­ment

StarMetro Halifax - - SPORTS - ZANE WOODFORD

Preven­ta­tive main­te­nance on Hal­i­fax buses is of­ten done late, and it’s done late more of­ten at one of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s two bus garages, ac­cord­ing to a re­port from the au­di­tor gen­eral.

Au­di­tor gen­eral Evan­ge­line Col­man-sadd tabled her of­fice’s lat­est re­port to re­gional coun­cil’s au­dit and fi­nance com­mit­tee on Wed­nes­day, mak­ing 10 rec­om­men­da­tions aimed at im­prov­ing Hal­i­fax Tran­sit’s main­te­nance pro­cesses. Col­man-sadd’s of­fice com­pleted the per­for­mance au­dit be­tween April 1, 2016 and May 31, 2018, in­clud­ing in­ter­views with man­agers, re­views of in­ter­nal poli­cies, pro­grams and pro­ce­dures and bus man­u­fac­turer man­u­als, and a sam­ple au­dit The au­di­tor gen­eral’s re­port no­tably took is­sue with preven­ta­tive main­te­nance sched­ul­ing and a dis­par­ity be­tween the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s two tran­sit garages.

of main­te­nance records on 30 buses.

“Over­all, I would say it’s a rel­a­tively pos­i­tive re­port. Tran­sit cer­tainly has pro­cesses to sched­ule main­te­nance, they have a process to make sure main­te­nance is done on

a day-to-day ba­sis and they have a good process to look at cap­i­tal re­place­ment of buses and when buses need to be re­placed,” Col­man-sadd told re­porters on Wed­nes­day.

Six of the 10 rec­om­men­da­tions in the re­port are aimed

at Hal­i­fax Tran­sit man­age­ment. The first ad­dresses preven­ta­tive main­te­nance sched­ul­ing, and the dis­par­ity be­tween the two tran­sit garages.

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