Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Nine Too Many Bus Drivers Attacked

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Nine Too Many Bus Drivers Attacked

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THERE have been nine reported assaults on Sunshine Coast bus drivers in the past 12 months, according to figures released by TransLink.

The most recent happened on May 20 when a youth, believed to be just 13, allegedly punched a Sunbus driver in the stomach at Mooloolaba.

The figures have been revealed as Transport Minister Scott Emerson moves to increased security on Gold Coast buses after a series of violent attacks on drivers and passengers.

While the situation is nowhere near as bad on the Sunshine Coast, the figures show drivers are not immune to attacks by passengers.

A TransLink spokesman said the Sunshine Coast figure was low considering the number of trips travelled every year.

aThe physical assault of drivers is rare on the Sunshine Coast and remains low,a he said.

aDuring the last financial year Sunbus operated approximately 310,300 services, with nine reported physical assaults during this time.a

However news of the LNP's formation of a bus safety committee and zero-tolerance policy on violence has been welcomed by drivers across the state as fears for their safety rise. …

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