Bus driver safety front and centre at boosted bus forum

Improving the safety of Queensland’s bus drivers was the focus of today's boosted Bus Safety Forum meeting.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport said the Palaszczuk Government was determined to make public transport as safe as possible for passengers and staff changes already underway.
“We are committed to providing a safe work environment for bus drivers and other frontline transport workers,” Ms Trad said.
“As part of this commitment we have expanded the Forum to include bus drivers and Senior Network Officers (SNOs) in recognition of the important role they play on our public transport network.
“Drivers and SNOs are at the coalface and have firsthand experience of safety issues and it is critical we hear from them on a regular basis so we can be aware of any challenges and hear their suggestions.
“We have also increased the frequency of the Bus Safety Forum meetings from two to six a year. This will improve communication between all stakeholders and give the issue of bus driver safety the priority it deserves.
“I am confident we will be able to work together to identify initiatives to improve the safety of our highly-valued drivers and transport workers.
“A comprehensive independent review, conducted by Deloitte, sought feedback from bus drivers, industry, unions and government agencies on the vital issue of bus driver safety.  The Queensland Government is considering the review and will respond later this year after input and discussion with the Bus Safety forum.”
The Bus Safety Forum was chaired by Transport and Main Roads DG Neil Scales and attended by representatives from the Deputy Premier’s office, TransLink, Queensland Bus Industry Council (QBIC), Rail, Tram & Bus Union (RTBU), Brisbane Transport, Transport Workers Union (TWU), Queensland Police Service, Griffith University, and University of Queensland.

Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Jackie Trad

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