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Stabbing prompts call for Bunbury bus security

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Emergency response vehicle and static guards needed

The TWU has written to the WA transport minister Mr Dean Nalder outlining our concerns over the lack of security for Transperth bus drivers in Bunbury.

In the past few months there have been three attacks on bus drivers, one of whom was stabbed while in the driver’s seat. Thankfully she is OK. The other two were physically assaulted. We told the minister that there is no Transperth Security in Bunbury and this unacceptable situation needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

There are several matters that need to be considered and dealt with:

  • Security cages must be installed in Transperth buses servicing all routes in the Bunbury region – in line with the current arrangements in the Perth metropolitan area.
  • A permanent Transperth security response vehicle and static guards at the Central Bunbury Bus Station are needed along similar lines to the arrangements that are in place in Perth.

The Government and the Public Transport Authority have a duty of care to ensure the wellbeing and safety of bus drivers and the travelling public.

The TWU fears it is only a matter of time before a driver or passenger gets seriously injured or killed. We need to act quickly and proactively on these serious safety issues, rather than reactively.

We asked Mr Nalder to meet with us at the earliest opportunity so that we can provide him with more details on the issues of concern.