Bus ‘surfing’ warning for VIC youth

Transport Safety Victoria is warning young people about the risks and dangers of bus ‘surfing’

Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) is alerting Benalla residents to the dangers of ‘surfing’ on the back of buses.

Statistics show all forms of incidents led to 32 passengers during 2013 and 13 in the first half of 2014 requiring immediate treatment as a hospital in-patient following bus incidents.

Director of Bus Safety Stephen Turner says TSV is aware that young people in Benalla are engaging in the high risk behaviour of catching a free ride on the back of a moving bus.

"Whatever these ‘passengers’ think they gain by hanging on to the back of a moving bus is not worth the risk involved," he says.

"Even the smallest miscalculation could result in death or serious injury to people clinging to the back of a bus in traffic.

"No one is in complete control of their situation when their safety depends on other drivers behaving predictably because drivers don't always do what you expect."

Recent deaths on the Melbourne train network show how dangerous it is to ‘surf’ on moving vehicles and how quickly and easily things can go wrong.

"Our message to the young people of Benalla is: don't bus surf, it isn't worth the risk to you or the trauma to the driver or rider that hits you when you fall off," says Turner.

"Our message to the bus operators in Benalla is that reporting such behaviour to Victoria Police and to TSV and asking their drivers to be alert is the best way to prevent further incidents."

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