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Tougher penalties for assaulting public transport workers

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7 March 2016

Thugs who attack public transport staff in South Australia will face up to 25 years in jail under changes announced by the State Government.

Extra security guards and a public awareness campaign will also be introduced to further protect bus, train and tram workers.

These tougher penalties send a clear message that any act of violence towards public transport workers will not be tolerated.

Now, if you assault bus, train or tram drivers, and passenger service assistants, you will face up to 25 years’ imprisonment.

The new laws will be supported by additional safety measures across the Adelaide Metro network.

Wilson Security will introduce mobile patrols that will cover bus and rail networks as well as maintaining a presence at major stations and interchanges whilst on patrol.

This will be in addition to existing services Wilson Security provides on public transport including security guards on every train, every night; on every tram on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights; and at key locations across the public transport network.

This highly visible and proactive approach will complement other security measures already in place across the public transport network and improve safety for staff and commuters.

Wilson’s Security staff will work closely with South Australia Police and transport operators.

Following the introduction of the laws an extensive public awareness campaign will be launched.

The campaign will promote the tough new penalties and offer rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction of offenders.

The campaign will feature print and radio advertisements, social media and video messages, as well as posters and stickers on buses, trains and trams.

If you suspect that a serious crime is in progress or if you suspect, have just seen, or have just been involved in a crime, then call Triple Zero for urgent assistance.

Anyone who witnesses any illegal behaviour on our public transport network should call the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 for non-urgent assistance.