Upwards of 50 Queensland buses a week could have been fitted with duress alarms to help bus drivers in abusive and violent situations for the same amount being paid to former Transport Director-General Michael Caltabiano.
The Premier today finally announced Mr Caltabiano’s position has reached its end, some four months after being stood-down on full pay for lying to the Ethics Committee.
Transport Workers’ Union State Secretary Peter Biagini said while processes need to be followed, the money would have been better spent on looking after the lives of Queenslander’s.
“There are over 4000 buses operating in Queensland, and our drivers and the lives of the travelling public deserve to be looked after,” Mr Biagini said.
“Fitting duress alarms could have assisted lot of drivers from unprovoked and unnecessary attacks.”
Adding to driver safety, Mr Biagini said the money could have also gone to fitting market-ready solutions to stop fires on buses.
“Brisbane Transport buses are being fitted out with current solutions that suppresses bus fires,” Mr Biagini said.
“Why is the Queensland Government not fitting the entire Queensland fleet with these solutions?”
“It seems like this government is waiting for someone to die before it will act.”
“The Queensland public are glad to see progress in the case of Michael Caltibano, but now we deserve to see the money being saved being put to save our lives.”
Mick O’Brien – 0411 875 910