Improved safety for bus drivers and passengers under WA LaborWednesday 15 Feb 2017
$1million to install Perspex screens in WA buses
- McGowan Labor Government to review bus security arrangements
- Better coordination with bus and train security across the network
A McGowan Labor Government will install Perspex guards in WA buses to protect drivers being spat on by customers and will review other bus security arrangements.
WA Labor will allocate $1million to install the screens, in response to complaints from drivers.
The review will examine the powers and role of bus security in comparison to transit guards and the coordination and integration of bus security and train security across the network.
Between 2010 and 2014, Transperth received on average almost 4,000 emergency requests per year for security back-up from bus drivers.
The former Labor Government introduced a raft of new measures to protect WA bus drivers, including:
- increased physical and electronic surveillance of buses and transit stations;
- the appointment of police crime co-ordinators who would work with bus companies to reduce the violence and anti-social incidents;
- Increased penalties including up to 9 months jail for breaching public transport banning orders by committing violent acts or criminal damage on trains busses and stations; and
- Security cages to protect bus drivers
Comments from Shadow Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"WA bus drivers have every right to go about their work and provide a service to the public without being assaulted, threatened or subjected to offensive behaviour.
"We also need to do more to encourage people to use public transport and Western Australians need to feel safe and secure when using our public transport system.
"A McGowan Labor Government will provide the coordination and integration of bus and train security needed to make drivers and passengers feel safer.
"Our plan will give bus drivers the protection they deserve and encourage more Western Australians to make use of public transport."