Bad behaviour NOT OK on buses

16 August 2023|Community News| Off Comments off on Bad behaviour NOT OK on buses|

Metro Tasmania and the Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) have launched a new campaign targeting anti-social behaviour and abuse on Metro buses.

The ‘It’s NOT Ok’ campaign demonstrates to customers that abusive behaviour is not acceptable on Metro buses, in Metro shops and in the wider community.

Metro chief executive officer Katie Cooper said anti-social behaviour, including abuse and assault of bus operators, is occurring on buses and in bus malls.

“At Metro we have seen how this behaviour affects our drivers, our customers, our Metro Shop staff and other employees across the business,” she said.

“We all have a role to play, and it is expected that our employees are treated with respect and are free from harassment.

“It is our hope that through this campaign we can raise awareness of what sort of behaviour is not ok and bring about real change within our communities.”

RTBU Tasmanian Branch secretary Ric Bean said for most people buses were a means of transport, however for RTBU members buses were also their workplaces.

“All workers deserve to have a safe and respectful workplace and that’s why the RTBU is pleased to be partnering with Metro on this important community campaign,” he said.

“It’s important for everyone that uses public transport to be aware of how their behaviour can impact others.”

City of Hobart Mobility Portfolio chair Ryan Posselt said anti-social behaviour on buses and in malls, including harassment, vandalism and disruptive conduct had been a growing concern in the community.

“Anti-social incidents compromise the safety and security of passengers and have a detrimental effect on everyone’s commuting experience,” he said.

“We hope that together, we can create an environment where everyone feels safe, respected and valued.”

Clarence Mayor Brendan Blomeley commended Metro for making a stand against antisocial behaviour that violated the wellbeing of its employees and the wider community.

“Antisocial behaviour is simply not acceptable in our community, whether on our buses, in our shopping centres, public spaces or in our streets, anti-social behaviour is not ok,” he said.

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