Behaviour crackdown

Commuters in South Australia may be issued new Transit Barring Orders from now on

Behaviour crackdown
Breaching a Transit Barring Order is a criminal offence

South Australian commuters will face immediate consequences for behaving inappropriately with the introduction of Transit Barring Orders this week.

The order may apply to the mode of transport where the offence was committed, a particular property such as a railway station and for specific periods of time.

 "Transit police already use a number of tactics to ensure the safety of workers and the travelling public on Adelaide’s transport system," says Transit Police Inspector Craig Wall.

"With thousands of movements on public transport across the city every day, the system is very safe, but commuters and workers are entitled to be protected from criminal and anti-social behaviour.

"We believe these barring orders will further enhance our powers to ensure the safety of all users of the public transport system."

The operation of the orders is based loosely on the existing barring order provisions of the Liquor Licensing Act which were introduced in 2009.

This means transit police are able to issue a barring order to passengers who commit behavioural offences such as assault, offensive behaviour, disorderly conduct or property damage.

Orders can be for a ban of up to 72 hours, or for extended periods – three months, six months or indefinitely, with the seriousness of the offence, or the number of offences committed, central in determining the length of the barring order.

A six week education campaign will take place to ensure that commuters who choose to behave in an anti-social manner know exactly what the outcome of their actions will be.

Breaching a Transit Barring Order is a criminal offence.

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