Story: Coaches and long-distance buses

Specials at Franz Josef Glacier

Specials at Franz Josef Glacier

Under the 1931 transport regulations a coach company had to get a licence for trips other than its normal route services – which were termed ‘specials’. These two Newman Brothers coaches, clearly marked ‘Special’, have taken a group to the foot of Franz Josef Glacier, probably in the late 1930s. Specials took people to sports games, the races, A & P shows, parties and other events. Special licences came to an end with the Transport Amendment (No. 2) Act 1983. The new system licensed vehicles rather than services.

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Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury, A. C. Graham Collection
Reference: 17973
Photograph by M. C. Lysons

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Jane Tolerton, 'Coaches and long-distance buses - Early long-distance buses', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/20936/specials-at-franz-josef-glacier (accessed 27 April 2017)

Story by Jane Tolerton, published 11 Mar 2010