Saturdays’ willful bus damages on the Gold Coast prove how much this State Government and our authorities need to crack down on violent and abusive behaviors and enforce harsher penalties.
And while there were no injuries, Transport Workers’ Union State Secretary Peter Biagini said next time might not be so lucky.
“Our biggest fear is that the next time these offenders strike, the drive and the passengers on board will be harmed,” Mr Biagini said.
“These callous attacks cause a lot of disruptions and fear and there is no wonder why people are leaving the bus industry.”
The attacks happened to five in-service buses at two locations and resulted in smashed windows and windscreens.
“We have drivers who do not know if they’ll come home safely at the end of the day because of offenders like these being given a slap on the wrist,” Mr Biagini said.
“It’s time this government and our authorities enforce harsher penalties for offenders who abuse and are violence against drivers, passengers and buses.
“Why this government is waiting for someone to die to act is beyond me.”
Mick O’Brien – 0411 875 910