The Queensland Government has committed over $3.9m for bus safety barriers across Queensland buses, and over $1.5m for the rollout of shatterproof film for bus windscreens!
Combined with public awareness and education campaigns, this will go a long way to helping to stop some of the violence directed at bus drivers every day.
Thank you to every single bus driver for their work on the Get On Board campaign, Transport Minister Mark Bailey MP for the announcement, and the RTBU Qld Branch for their continued and ongoing support in this campaign.
In September 2016, the Queensland Government initiated a review into bus driver safety following an increase in violent incidents including verbal and physical aggression towards bus drivers.
The Queensland Bus Driver Safety Review was released in August 2017 and recommended 20 initiatives that could improve safety for bus drivers.
At the same time, the Government released an Interim Government Response with a commitment to further investigate these recommendations, including strategies to implement key recommendations.
The final response, which is now complete, details recommendations that have been implemented, are underway or will be completed in the future. These aim to improve the way we deliver services and raise awareness about acceptable behaviour while travelling on public transport to provide a safer environment for everyone.