On average, more than one person a day has been assaulted on a Sydney bus or at a bus stop since the Liberal Government came to office.
Statistics released by BOCSAR report 1,925 assaults occurring on buses, at bus stops, interchanges and depots right across the Sydney network in the past five years. That’s an average of 34 people a month – or more than one a day under the Liberal Government.
The most common locations for assaults were:
Buses with 1,084 assaults (56%);
Bus stops with 614 assaults (34%);
Bus terminals with 151 assaults (6%); and
Bus depots with 76 assaults (3%)
The data from BOCSAR corresponds to statistics reported by the Transport Workers Union that found that 32 per cent of drivers had been assaulted on the job, 33 per cent had a passenger assaulted on their bus and a further 33 per cent had been spat on.
The report lists 56 incidents where NSW Police officers were assaulted across the bus network.
An alarming 90 instances of domestic violence related assaults also took place in the past five years.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Transport Jodi McKay
“These figures show a worrying trend of violence across our bus network.
“People waiting for a bus or travelling on a bus deserve to feel safe.
“It’s a scary statistic that someone on a bus or waiting for a bus is being assaulted at the rate of more than one per day.
“The community is often the only line of defence, meaning drivers and other passengers are being thrown in the middle of a dangerous situation.
“One in three drivers report being assaulted or spat on it – that’s completely unacceptable.
“Transport Minister Andrew Constance needs to outline a plan to improve safety for bus passengers and drivers.
“It shouldn’t take viral videos and thousands of assaults to force the government to act.”