April 9, 2015

More than 100 Assaults in a Year on Transport Staff

Self defence and conflict management training, longer custodial sentences for violent offenders and the introduction of protection officers on buses, are among the proposals before government to stem the tide of aggression and assaults against bus drivers in Victoria.

Reported assaults on transport staff include punching, kicking, spitting and being threatened with knives.

In the past year more than 100 incidents have been recorded, prompting both the industry and unions to call for more to be done to protect worker,s such as the installation of driver security screens which are planned on Melbourne route buses.

A report, commissioned by the Bus Association of Victoria, found the impact of an assault was far more insidious than mere physical injury, with many drivers left psychologically incapable of returning to the job.

Maybo training for transport staff