Surfside bus drivers will be given self-defence training.
Surfside bus drivers will be given self-defence training. Blainey Woodham

Bus drivers get defence training

SURFSIDE bus drivers will not be soft targets for crime in the future with plans to train them in personal protection.

Transit Australia Group, owners of Surfside buses, is planning to train drivers and installing CCTV on buses after a spate of attacks.

Last month, four young people abused and threatened a Surfside bus driver before exiting the bus.

The youths then smashed the rear window of the bus as it pulled away.

The driver called in the incident to base and a security team was dispatched to the area and the youths were apprehended.

Transit Australia Group's strategic planning general manager Megan Harkin said it was a great example of cooperation between our drivers and security contractors.

"The state government investment in increased security measures is just one of the positive steps towards safer public transport, both for our drivers and our passengers," Ms Harkin said.

The training of drivers is an initiative of the bus company to protect drivers.

Transit Australia Group Gold Coast operations and service delivery manager Les Manson said the personal protection program provided drivers with the skills to better manage passenger's aggressive behaviour.

"All of these initiatives have been embraced by our driving staff and Transport Workers Union representatives as a positive step towards improving safety and security for drivers and passengers," Mr Manson said.

Transport Workers Union passenger transport industry coordinator Bob Giddens said training of drivers was a "great step forward."

"This initiative on the Gold Coast is a great step forward in providing safety for commuters and bus drivers with the safe workplace they deserve using the best skills possible to help make their own workplaces safe," Mr Giddens said.



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