Today, the Transport Minister Jackie Trad made an incredible announcement for the Passenger Vehicle Industry to a group of Union bus drivers at Sunbus in Cairns.

The Deputy Premier has announced that Cairns will be one of the first sites to trial a brand new technology to defend bus drivers against attacks!

With Cairns being one of the hotspots for bus driver assaults, this is a fantastic result.

This is on the back of the Bus Safety Forum being expanded and held more frequently – with real drivers having input into safety measures in their industry.

As we all know, the member-led campaign fighting to improve safety in the Passenger Vehicle industry has been ongoing for many months with over 13,000 signatures collected leading in to delegates conference last year.

So significant was the pressure that was built as part of this campaign, the sitting Transport Minister attended the Delegates Conference dinner to announce a Safety Review into the Industry.

The Bus Safety Review was started in 2016, and expedited after the tragic death of Manmeet Alisher in Brisbane.

The significant member-led activity, including the collection of 13,000 signatures on petitions calling for better driver safety, marching on and blocking off the TransLink building with over 150 transport workers has been nothing short of amazing – there’s been some incredible work put into this campaign, and now you have a result.

For months, the review has been underway – examining bus safety initiatives from all over the world, and developing new ones along the way and today the Transport Minister joined drivers in Cairns to announce the first steps to fix the industry.

We could not have achieved this without every single TWU member from all over Queensland standing together to fight for safety!

This day and this announcement is not lip service – these are real, tangible measures that are going to be enacted for bus drivers. It is the result of your colleagues and delegates standing strong and never giving up when it comes to safety at work.

The fight is never over and there is still more to achieve. We will continue to work with your member-led organising committee to fight for the best industry standards that you and your mates deserve!

Every single TWU member deserves to be safe at work, and so the fight will continue – whether you work in General Transport, Cash-In-Transit, Aviation, Oil and Gas, Waste, Ports and Wharves or anywhere else – your TWU will fight for your safety.

This day is the first step in making sure that all transport workers go to work safe, and come home safe.

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