A bus driver who drove drunk with passengers on board
says he's not the worst bus driver in the country.
Tony Trevor Simpson admitted in the Auckland District Court
this week to driving with a breath alcohol level of more than
the legal limit of 400 micrograms per litre of breath.
Simpson had a 687mcg reading when he was intercepted by
police, who had been contacted by a concerned motorist.
Ten passengers were on the Takapuna-bound Ritchies bus on
July 10 on Albert St, in central Auckland. Simpson was fined
$600 and disqualified from driving for a year and a day.
Simpson - who has resigned from his job - told the Herald on
Sunday that during a break he drank alcohol that was stored
behind his seat.
"It was a one-off event and I'm very sorry ... there were
various issues, but I'm not going to go into them. I just had
a bad day.
"What I did was completely wrong."
Simpson was caught about 6.30pm, near the end of his
12-hour-plus shift, and said he had not eaten any food that
Asked if he was the worst bus driver in New Zealand, Simpson
said: "Believe me, I don't think that's the case."
He had no plans to get back behind the wheel after his
His biggest regret was upsetting his passengers - a couple of
regulars were on the bus when he was arrested, Simpson said.
"I saw on their faces that they were surprised."
He also regretted his actions may have harmed the reputation
of Ritchies and his colleagues.
"This isn't a systemic issue. I don't like them being dragged
through the mud because of one idiot mistake by one idiot
The drink-driving conviction would be his first and last, he
"Learn from what's happened to me. You can lose a hell of a