Two exciting developments in Wellington’s transport sector mean riding in style
doesn’t cost the earth in the capital.

NZ Bus’ Airport Flyer service has a flash new fleet of buses that comply with the latest European emission standard, Euro 5. According to NZ Bus this means the exhaust
emissions are up to 90 percent lower than older buses.

As well as being good for the environment, the new Flyer buses look and feel good
thanks to leather seats, air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Automatic announcements
also make it easy for visitors to identify their stop, and wide doors and low floors
provide better wheelchair and pushchair access.

NZ Bus CEO Bruce Emson says the company intends to change the way customers
regard public transport.

“We want to create a service that is not only the preferred way to get to and from
the airport, but to the city as well – reliable, fast, comfortable and good value for
money.”

Meanwhile Wellington Combined Taxis recently became the first taxi company
in New Zealand to receive carboNZero certification.

Marketing coordinator Ani de Graaf says the company has been working towards
the certification for two years. To achieve the status, they reduced carbon
consumption in all areas of the business including fuel usage, electricity in the office and air travel.

Combined Taxis now only purchase hybrid, diesel or LPG cars for the 442-strong
fleet. Within six years there will be no petrol-only cars left in the business.

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