AGEING NSW BUSES CLOCK UP ENOUGH KMS TO GET TO THE MOON AND BACK

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A quarter of the buses Sydneysiders travel on every day are so old that each one has clocked up enough kilometres to travel to the moon and back.

More than 500 of the city’s 2213 buses have travelled more than 756,000 kilometres – the distance of a round trip to the moon. 

A quarter of the city’s fleet are also more than 12 years old – well past their use by date and in clear breach of the Government’s own decommissioning rules – according to documents obtained by the NSW Opposition. 

A Scania bus, which entered service on the 12 October 1993 and which operates out of the Kingsgrove depot, has the dubious honor of being the most travelled in the city – clocking up 1,523,291 kilometres to date. 

The Brookvale depot on Sydney’s Northern Beaches is home to the greatest number of ageing buses; 29 of its buses have travelled at least 1 million kilometres. 

The Brookvale depot also houses some of Sydney’s oldest buses, with 15 of them having been in service since 1989.

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Ryan Park: 

“Most passengers would be shocked to learn that many buses they travel on have clocked up enough kilometres to make it to the moon and back.”

“Some of these buses are so old they came into service before Nintendo released the Game Boy.” 

“The Baird Government is even failing to meet its own decommissioning rules, which require vehicles operated by private bus companies to be retired after 12 years of service.”

“On top of that, fares have risen at more than double the rate of inflation since the Liberals took office. Sydney commuters deserve better than a double whammy of old buses for a hiked up fare.”