Westbus bus security
Talks on bus violence
Westbus will be seeking an urgent meeting of the Transport Workers’ Union, Police, Transport NSW, and bus operators to discuss security on buses following an attack on a driver last night.
Westbus CEO, Jim Glasson said the company shared the drivers’ concern about continuing acts of violence and threats against drivers. In last night’s assault the driver on a Route 780 bus suffered cuts after being attacked with a machete at Whalan.
“Violence against drivers and passengers is unacceptable and all parties need to meet urgently to work through these matters over the next few days,” Mr Glasson said.
“There needs to be a longer term solution for not only Westbus but also other bus operators who have experienced assaults on drivers and passengers.”
The company has been informed that drivers have voted to boycott routes 759 and 780 between Ropes Crossing and Mt Druitt, affecting suburbs including Whalan, Tregear, Lethbridge Park, Willmot, Emerton and Dharruk.
Mr Glasson said the company was urgently seeking a commitment from the union that the drivers’ ban would not include morning and afternoon school services in these areas while discussions continued.
“It is essential that we are able to guarantee that children in these areas will be able to get to school tomorrow,” he said.
Westbus will be issuing updated information when available.