Surfside bus driver attacked


A high school student has allegedly attacked a Surfside school bus driver on an afternoon bus run

May 10, 2012

A high school student has allegedly attacked a Surfside school bus driver on an afternoon bus run.

A Transit Australia Group (TAG) spokeswoman says the driver was struck and knocked down on school bus run 731 yesterday afternoon.

The incident allegedly occurred following the driver’s request for students to make room for primary students at Coomera State School.

"At this stage one of the high school students started to abuse the bus driver, has hit the driver on the side of the face knocking the driver off his feet, and continued the attack whilst the driver is on the floor,"
the spokeswoman says.

She
says a teacher from Coomera State School was forced to intervene, pulling the student off the driver before asking the student to leave the bus.

"Surfside Buslines commend the actions of the driver who very quickly extricated himself from a difficult situation and continued on to finish his afternoon school bus run," the spokeswoman says.

The driver suffered minor cuts and abrasions and returned to driving duties today.

The spokeswoman says TAG and TransLink assess security requirements on a weekly basis.

"Driver safety and the safety of our students
are paramount," the spokeswoman says.

"TAG will work closely with TransLink, the TWU and Gold Coast schools to find a resolution as quickly as possible."

She says Surfside will continue to have a security presence on random school bus runs and a
meeting was held today with the Drivers Consultative Committee and the Transport Workers Union to discuss the issue.

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