Labor’s 5 Point Bus Safety Package Ignores Fare Evasion

14 Jun 2018 9:35 AMJann Stuckey Labor’s 5 Point Bus Safety Package Ignores Fare Evasion



Labor’s 5 Point Bus Safety Package Ignores Fare Evasion

With the Labor Government’s release of their five-point safety package for Queensland bus drivers today, Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey is questioning why Labor have yet again ignored escalating fare evasion that is contributing to high public transport costs.

"Public transport safety is paramount for drivers and passengers alike and it’s good to see the Government’s report finally released, however Labor have missed a perfect opportunity to provide solutions to the skyrocketing fare evasion issue," said Ms Stuckey.

"As I stated in the Gold Bulletin last weekend, fare evasion numbers on Surfside Buslines have exploded from 425,000 in 2016 to 1,024,261 in 2017 costing honest passengers in southeast Queensland over $25 million in 2015-16 alone.

"It’s unacceptable that the Labor Government are so willing to sit on their hands doing nothing about fare evasion while high fares are preventing people from using public transport.

The Government’s plan includes physical safety; target high risk areas and build a safety culture; change policy and procedures including a passenger code of conduct; promote education and increase safety awareness.

"Whilst a number of safety issues have been broadly addressed, it is disappointing that fare evasion barely managed to rate a passing mention and it exposes a Labor Government that is not serious about putting a stop to what is becoming regular behaviour and driving up costs for paying passengers.

"What is the point of just teaching driver awareness of fare evasion when nothing is being done to stop it? The more that people get away with not paying the more they will do it!

"The Palaszczuk Government’s Bus Driver Safety Review Committee was formed back in September 2016 and the best this incompetent government can do is introduce a code of passenger conduct."

[ENDS] 13/06/2018

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