Bus Driver Assault: Union Calls For Tougher Penalties
Release date: 6/01/2017
Brisbane Times, by Rachel Clun, 5 January 2017
A union has called for the bus safety review to include tougher penalties, after a bus driver was assaulted while on the job last night.
Image: Passengers who assault drivers should face tougher penalties, according to the drivers union.
A 16-year-old boy has been charged over the assault in Benowa.
The boy boarded the bus at Nerang about 11pm on Wednesday. Police allege the 16-year-old sat at the back of the bus and began yelling at the driver.
He allegedly then punched the driver in the face and tried to steal his cash box.
Police said the boy got off the bus at the Ross Street and Ashmore Road intersection, but then got back on and tried to assault the 36-year-old bus driver again.
A passenger helped the driver get the boy off the bus as police arrived, and a police spokeswoman said the driver did not require any medical treatment.
A boy has been charged with attempted robbery with violence.
Transport Workers' Union secretary Peter Biagini said assaults on Queensland bus drivers are happening too frequently.
"It seems that every week we hear another story about a bus driver being assaulted, or a bus being attacked," he said.
"Public transport workers should be able to go to work and not worry about whether they will make it home in one piece."
The assault comes just weeks after members of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union protested for interim safety measures ahead of the safety review.
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