Division calls for more bus security amid racist attacks
The latest example involved an elderly man being fined $200 after he swore and hurled racist insults at passengers on the 391 service from Port Botany to the city last week.
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Divisional President Gary Way said the story was further evidence of the need for better security on buses to protect passengers and drivers.
“Unfortunately, we’re not security guards. To physically remove someone is not our job and we’re not qualified to do it,” Gary said.
“We’ve been calling for [more security guards] for years, and more so in recent times.
“Late at night and on weekends, the busy nightlife areas and… around the beaches in summer, it’s a no-brainer.”
As well as more security guards, Gary said the Union has also previously called for more policing and three-quarter safety screens to be installed on buses.