The Transport Workers’ Union is demanding all Queensland bus companies to recall their Volvo buses.
After yet another Volvo bus caught alight in Park Ridge this morning, TWU State Secretary Peter Biagini said while thankfully no one was hurt, there is a significant problem.
“Companies and governments are playing chicken with the lives of passengers and drivers,” Mr Biagini said.
“It is unacceptable for our public transport to be catching fire.”
“There is a known history of Volvo buses catching fire in Queensland and there is simply no excuse as to why they keep igniting.”
“Nothing is more important than the safety of our bus drivers and the travelling public,” Mr Biagini said.
Last year Transit Group Australia hit the headlines with a number of their Volvo buses across catching fire, one of which reignited six hours after being towed to its yard.
“There is an obvious problem with these buses and it’s unacceptable for these buses to still be in operation,” Mr Biagini said.
“The owners and the manufactures need to team up to rectify the issues, but until then, it’s Russian roulette for passengers riding on potentially self-igniting buses.”
“Its an unacceptable risk on the safety of drivers and the travelling public.”
Mick O’Brien – 0411 875 910