COACH operator Terry Brims, with driver Rob McCallum.
COACH operator Terry Brims, with driver Rob McCallum.

Consultations miss the bus



TWEED shire bus operators have criticised the lack of consultation over State Government legislation to ensure bus companies maintain public services.

NSW Transport Minister John Watkins tabled the new law this week after widespread opposition to timetable changes by Lismore bus company Kirklands, and troubles with other Sydney-based companies.

The law would allow the government to step in and temporarily run a company that it deemed had failed to provide adequate service.

Terry Brims, of Brims Coaches, and chairman of the Tweed/Byron Bus and Coaches Association, said operators were worried about the impact on their businesses.

"Mine has been a family business for 57 years and they (the state government) want to be able to step in and take over your assets," he said.

Meanwhile, Minister for Transport John Watkins said yesterday, he was surprised and disappointed that many local Northern NSW MPs had opposed the special new laws.

Lismore MP Thomas George abstained while Ballina MP Don Page and Clarence MP Steve Cansdell were among 10 NSW MPs who unsuc- cessfully voted against the Lismore law.



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