Charges laid over Surfside driver attack


A 26-year-old woman faces court today in relation to the alleged assault of a Surfside bus driver on Tuesday

Charges laid over Surfside driver attack
Charges laid over Surfside driver attack

February 16, 2012

A 26-year-old woman has been charged in relation to the alleged assault of a bus driver on the Gold Coast Highway at Miami on February 14, 2012.

It is alleged during the incident the male bus driver was punched in the face.

The woman from Miami has been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm and will face Southport Magistrates Court today.

Earlier today, Queensland Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk pledged support to fast track a bus duress alarm system and to ramp up bus security on the Gold Coast.

Transit Australia Group, parent company to Surfside Buslines, welcomed the Minister’s comments on the installation of duress alarms across the Surfside fleet.

Transit Australia Group General Manager Strategic Planning Megan Harkin says the operator looked forward to working side by side with the State Government, Queensland Police and the bus safety committee on improving safety and security measures across the bus network.

"Any measure which will assist in managing the unacceptable behaviour we have seen in the recent spate of attacks is a great outcome for all parties," Harkin says.

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