The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 7, Issue 8 (February 1, 1933)
Control and Organisation
Control and Organisation.
In order to centralise the control a Bus Manager was appointed and invested with the responsibility of the control of all fleets.
The Department is at present operating fifty-three buses throughout the Dominion of a capital value of £59,000. For the year ended 31st March, 1932, the route miles travelled totalled 1,301,389, and for the same period the buses conveyed 2,384,670 passengers safely to their respective destinations. These figures will give some indication of the magnitude of the undertaking, which is without question the largest of its kind in the Dominion. It must not be inferred, however, that the Department has attained this measure of success without having first surmounted many obstacles, the greatest of which perhaps was the keen taxi competition encountered on the Napier-Hastings and Wellington-Hutt routes.page break
(1) and (2) exterior and interior views of the New Leyland Cub Bus (23-seater) recently put into service; (3) Mr. R. G. Gow, Senior Clerk; (4) Mr. S. C. Doyle, Manager, Road Motor Services; (5) Mr. C. S. Mardon, Clerk, and Miss N. Brown, Typiste; (6) new buses in course of construction at Hutt Valley Workshops; (7) General Office (left to right), Mr. P. J. O'Neill, Officer-in-Charge, Mr. R. Wilcox and Mr. D. O'Keiff, Road Foremen; (8) Mr. H. Benge, Garage Foreman, Mr. W. Mullins, Clerk, and Mr. A. W. Parton, Equipment Officer; (9) Garage Workshop.page 27
Rigorous steps have been taken by the management to ensure that the services are run with a high degree of efficiency, and no factor is overlooked which will reduce the operating costs. The maintenance of the buses is naturally a big drain on the revenue, and every care is taken to ensure that this charge is kept at the lowest possible figure compatible, of course, with the high standard of efficiency of the buses for which the services are noted. The Department has its own garage maintenance and repair shops, adequately equipped and staffed with capable and efficient mechanics. As a consequence all repairs and maintenance work can be carried out at a minimum of cost with little or no waste time to the Department.