TRANSPORT WORKERS’ UNION: ANOTHER BUS DRIVER ASSAULT HIGHLIGHTS URGENCY OF SAFETY REVIEW

Another assault on a bus driver in Broadbeach over the weekend highlights the plague of violence directed at public transport workers, says the TWU


Assaults on bus drivers seem to have become the norm, with a bus driver at Broadbeach being assaulted by a group of youths this weekend.

This is one in a string of incidents which have prompted the Bus Safety Review which was announced by the Queensland Transport Minister, Stirling Hinchliffe in response to the Get On Board campaign.

The Transport Workers’ Union applauds Hinchliffe in making the decision to fast-track the review announced a week ago and shows the Minister’s commitment to fixing this issue.

TWU Queensland Branch Secretary, Peter Biagini, says that enough is enough, and Translink needs to ensure that every recommendation of the review will be considered.

Biagini has also stressed the importance of the National Day of Respect for Public Transport Workers to be held on the 9th of November.

“Bus drivers are punched, spat on, verbally abused and have their vehicles attacked” said Biagini.

“As we tragically saw recently, it can cost lives”

“The upcoming National Day of Respect is being held to remind people that bus drivers are just going about their job, and they deserve the respect that you would afford anybody else”

“Translink needs to guarantee that incidents like we have seen recently cannot happen again”

ENDS


Media contact: Tom Millroy 0411875910

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