On the first day of the state government’s five weeks of free bus travel to help ease cost-of-living pressures, Metro is seeing service cancellations across its network.
A significant number of services were affected in and outside Launceston and the greater region, with some cancellations seen for morning services in Hobart – after significant cancellations on Friday.
Metro Tasmania CEO Katie Cooper attributed the cancellations to covid protocols.
“[In Launceston] Metro has two operators who are under COVID-19 protocols and four operators who are unvaccinated,” she said.
“We have been working with all metro operators since February to solve the vaccination problem.
“The safety of all Metro employees and passengers comes first.”
Ms. Cooper says Metro has been working more broadly on the issue of driver shortages across the state for some time.
“As a result, seven new drivers are starting work today, and three more drivers next Monday, April 4,” she said. These drivers operate in Hobart.
“An additional 23 pilots will begin training today, Monday March 28, including three for Launceston, and a further 20 pilots on Monday April 4.”
Metro is committed to sharing details of the cancellation as soon as possible through its Facebook page.