In the early 1980s in Melbourne, the newish state Labor government, new public transport department, took over Melbourne and Brighton Bus Lines, under the auspices of the Melbourne tram system. Melbourne's tram system already ran many bus services, based at depots in Doncaster, North Fitzroy and Footscray. Brighton Bus Lines had taken over closed tram lines and ran some newer bus routes. It used to compete with trams, offering a cheaper fare to the city where its bus routes intersected tram routes. The tram system cut their fares at these points to match the buses.
Brighton Bus Lines buses looked modern and smart enough, yet as soon at the tramways bus mechanics looked at them, they were put off the road immediately as being unsafe. They were unroadworthy to the extreme. The government had taken ownership of the former tram depot, now a bus depot, in Elwood.
Trust unregulated capital and private enterprise? I don't. Trust governments to enforce regulations? I don't.
Then came the evil Jeff Kennett conservative government who privatised the operation of our trains, trams and buses. I have never seen any good come from that. So, Brighton Bus Lines changed to The Met ownership with nice new air conditioned buses, government, then let the routes out to tender by private bus operators under the Kennett government.
Many years later in this year 2017, Transdev is the current operator of the same bus routes, combined with other routes. Some three decades later from when Brighton Bus Lines buses were condemned, I've heard 59 of Transdev's buses that travel the same routes have been put off the road as being unroadworthy. Many services have been cancelled, and very old substitute buses from other companies, hopefully roadworthy, are helping with the shortfall.
This is an utter disgrace. I believe Transdev runs buses in Sydney. I hope they are checked. Nothing on Transdev's website that was obvious about the problem.
PS This really needs a heavy edit, but I don't have time today and by tomorrow it will be yesterday's news.