Drivers stop work, police launch blitz, driver loses eye

By: Jason Whittaker


Hundreds of bus drivers from Transperth services have stopped work today to discuss safety improvements after one of their colleagues

Hundreds of bus drivers from Transperth services have stopped work today to discuss safety improvements after one of their colleagues lost his eyesight in a vicious attack last week.

Drivers from Transperth-contracted companies Southern Coast Transit, Path Transit and Swan Transit have met at Gloucester Park at a meeting organised by the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU).

Yesterday Transperth bus driver Gerard Sin, 59, was informed by doctors he would lose his left eye.

He was punched and hit with a chunk of concrete on Friday (July 31) for refusing to allow a group of men on board his bus.

TWU bus organiser Kevin Starr told local media more than a thousand drivers were expected at the meeting today.

Starr reportedly said the TWU was happy with the Western Australia Public Transport Authority’s assurances of improved security.

Strike action was unlikely, he was reported as saying.

But he warned certain routes would be banned if more attacks on bus drivers occurred.


Police announce blitz on buses
The Perth bus network will be the focus of a three-week police blitz following the vicious attacks.

Officers from the Regional Operations Group and plain-clothes police will take part in the operation and will reportedly flood the network, paying special attention to troubled routes.

Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan says the "covert operation" will be reassessed after three weeks.

"We have seen some pretty serious assaults on bus drivers and I think it's really important that we respond to this quickly...it's an important thing to do at this point in time," he told local media.


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