‘Someone will die’: Abuse of bus drivers rampant

Transport Workers&#039 Union SA/NT Branch Secretary lan Smith in front of a protective cage in Darwin. Supplied TWU SA/NT

It comes as most current Transport Workers’ Union SA/NT figures showed 95 for every cent of Adelaide Metro bus drivers confronted verbal abuse in 2019, and above a quarter seasoned actual physical abuse.

Following the assault on a driver in Paralowie on Wednesday evening, the union named on the Condition Federal government to put in entirely enclosed glass and cage screens in buses.

The governing administration put in $2.five million on modest protective screens for drivers, but Transport Workers’ Union SA/NT department secretary Ian Smith reported they ended up not great plenty of because drivers ended up even now “living in fear” about assaults that had turn into “all as well common”.

He reported the enclosed screens had been productively executed in Darwin, and preferred them rolled out in Adelaide.

“Since that has been in place in Darwin, there has been no actual physical assaults on drivers because of that protection,” Mr Smith reported.

“It’s crystal clear that the stability screens that have been mounted on Adelaide Metro buses just are not up to the process … they only really do not give plenty of protection for drivers.

“How extended in advance of some one is killed?”

He urged the Condition Federal government to go on with the cashless fare payment system launched to stop COVID-19 spread because it had “avoided tons of confrontation”.

It is the fourth violent incident against bus drivers in two months.

On April ten, a passenger putting on a encounter mask threw liquor above a bus driver at Flinders Clinical Centre.

A working day before, a driver in Hackham informed a passenger to stop smoking cigarettes on the bus in advance of he was verbally abused then had his sun shades stolen.

Transport Minister Stephan Knoll reported basic safety was an “absolute priority” for bus drivers.

He declined to solution concerns about no matter whether he supported enclosed protective cabins.

“We have now retrofitted all buses with protective stability screens for our drivers about six months ahead of routine to aid retain them safe and sound.”

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Shadow Transport Minister Tom Koutsantonis reported the Marshall Federal government need to not have cut stability guards from evening prepare and tram companies in May well past year.

“It is crystal clear these alterations have produced our community transport system significantly less safe and sound,” Mr Koutsantonis reported.

“Rather than focusing on privatisation, we need to have Minister Knoll to make sure that our community transport community is safer for passengers and our drivers.”

Following the incident in Paralowie, SA Police arrested and charged the 39-year-outdated Kent Town gentleman with aggravated assault

He was bailed to surface in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court at a later date.

The bus driver, a gentleman in his 60s, was addressed at the scene by ambulance officers.

SA Police refused to comment any further more.

The Transport Section was contacted for comment.

Assaults on Adelaide Metro Bus Drivers