Media release, 29 December 2019: A recent incident in Sydney which saw a bus driver attacked with an unidentified chemical spray is a stark reminder of the need for the public to respect bus drivers. The driver was attacked because the intending passenger refused to accept the bus was too crowded to get on.

NSW Tram and Bus Divisional Secretary David Babineau of the RTBU, said the attack is an example of the dangers that bus drivers experience regularly.

“The unfortunate reality is that bus drivers fall victim to abuse on a regular basis. It’s often not as shockingly attention grabbing as this, but the abuse is constant year round and nobody hears about it,” Mr Babineau said.

“These are hard-working people simply doing their best to get passengers safely to where they need to go. They don’t deserve to be abused or assaulted for providing a public service, or disrespected because people are being selfish.”

“This was a particularly shocking case, but it’s an insight into the dangers facing all drivers every time they get behind the wheel.

“For many drivers it’s brought to mind the horrific incident two years ago in Queensland where bus driver Manmeet Alisher was set alight and killed by a passenger.

“No one should be abused or, as was the case on Thursday night, have their life put at risk simply for doing their job.”

“Drivers are great at putting the safety of passengers first, but it’s important we don’t forget about our own safety too. Getting safely home to our families and loved ones should always be a top priority.”

The RTBU is supporting the driver involved.


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