NT to improve safety on buses

More than $1 million will be invested by the Northern Territory Government to improve safety

Northern Territory will invest over $1 million to further improve safety on public transport after recommendations from the Safety Audit Report have been approved.

The Safety Audit Report contains twenty five clear recommendations of which most are currently being introduced by the Department of Transport, and the remainder have been approved for implementation.

Minister for Transport Peter Styles say the State Government is addressing issues at interchanges, making improvements to communications systems to assist in response to incidents and developing stronger relationships between police, transit officers and bus operators.

Two extra transit officers will also be deployed across the bus network to ensure improved safety for all Darwin commuters, and additional funding has been approved to provide permanent security personnel to the Casuarina, Palmerston and Darwin City bus interchanges.

Styles said violent offenders will be held to account for their actions towards bus drivers, under the Country Liberals Government.

"Public servants, members of the community or anyone using the Transport system should not have to put up with violent or aggressive behaviour and we are taking immediate steps to ensure passenger safety," he says.

 "Offenders will be held accountable for their actions and anyone involved in an attack on a bus driver will be treated as a serious criminal.

"I have personally advised the Department of Transport on measures to take effect immediately that will improve the safety on the public bus network." 

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