The Transport Workers’ Union is demanding Transport Minister Emerson provide more details about this morning’s announcement on harsher penalties for student fare evader’s.
TWU State Secretary Peter Biagini said although the idea was good on paper, it will only mean more work, resources, delays, conflicts and assaults for drivers.
“This government has created legislation telling drivers to leave children on the side of the road,” Mr Biagini said.
“What is wrong with these people?”
“If this government understood the no child policy they would not introduce this flawed policy, they would instead be consistent and standardise all school travel across the state by either making it free or making everyone pay.”
“And why is he only focusing on school children in the south-east?”
“How much is this going to cost?”
“Who will police this?”
“Fare evasion is breaking the law, so is this government proposing the introducing of mandatory police presence on buses?” Mr Biagini said.
“This Minister’s policy will only add time and frustration for the travelling public and result in more drivers being abused and assaulted and more children being left on the side of the road,” Mr Biagini said.
“It is one thing to say bus companies and schools will ban students, when in reality this government has not solved any issues, instead are happy to put drivers in dangerous confrontational situations.”
“Bus drivers are not law enforcement officers nor are they protected by the same laws, yet bus drivers are abused and assaulted by the general public and are being asked to confront and take the brunt of the travelling public’s frustrations.”
“This government has again failed our drivers and are happy to treat them as second class citizens.”
“Enough is enough,” Mr Biagini said.
“Where is the state-wide legislation that ensures hasher penalties on fare evaders, and violent and abusive passengers, and where are the duress alarms and protective bus screens for drivers?”
“Queenslanders deserve more from Minister Emerson and this LNP Government.”
Mick O’Brien – 0411 875 910