Reports that more buses have been targeted by rock throwers have shocked the Transport Workers’ Union.
A bus route travelling through the Gold Coast was allegedly attacked by rock throwers yesterday, smashing a large hole in a window.
Transport Workers’ Union Queensland Branch Secretary Peter Biagini says that these incidents are going to keep happening unless offenders face increased penalties.
“Just last year two tourists were injured in a rock throwing incident” said Biagini today.
“When we have bus drivers assaulted, buses being struck with rocks, we need to focus on safety not only for the drivers but also the travelling public”
“The evidence shows that these incidents happen more often over school holidays, and we are hearing through our members that security funding for this service has been cut by Translink”
“Without visible security and tougher penalties, people will continue to get away with this sort of stuff”
“They are attacking drivers who are performing an invaluable public service, and they need to face the same penalties as if they assaulted a member of the emergency services”
The Bus Safety Review is due to hand down their recommendations in March, and the Transport Workers’ Union hopes to see increased penalties for attacks on public transport workers included.
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