The Government decided to allow Explore, a new entrant to the Waiheke Ferry services, to bid for a share of the subsidies that it pays the other operators to carry over-65s at a reduced cost. The change takes effect from 1 September and the ferry operators will need to meet conditions to be imposed by Auckland Transport, according to a report in the Herald.
FUG had earlier petitioned Parliament for this change. We are pleased that the Government has now accepted our submission that all operators should be treated equally. We will monitor the conditions imposed by Auckland Transport, to ensure that they are not anti-competitive.