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AN Australian-first public awareness campaign to promote safety and respect on Tasmania’s bus network has been launched in Hobart.
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union campaign urges passengers to treat bus drivers with respect and understanding.
Tasmania is the first state to sign up to the campaign, which will be rolled out nationally, after Metro Tasmania jumped aboard.
RTBU Tasmania secretary Sam Simonetis said a little respect went a long way when it came to safety on public transport.
“A happy bus is also a safe bus,” Ms Simonetis said.
“Tasmanian commuters have a reputation for being polite, but it only takes one thoughtless person, whether it’s a passenger or a motorist, to cause a distraction.
Rail, Tram and Bus Union state secretary Samantha Simonetis says a little respect goes on a long way when it comes to staying safe on public transport. Picture: CHRIS KIDDSource:News Corp Australia
“In the end, drivers and passengers are all on the bus together — and that’s why it’s so important for everyone to be respectful and considerate at all times.”
Metro Tasmania CEO Megan Morse said the campaign aimed to make people think about the role of bus drivers, and understand the pressures they faced every day.
“Metro Tasmania will be displaying campaign posters on the majority of our fleet statewide, and we’re delighted to be working collaboratively to spread the word,” she said.
Ms Simonetis said the RTBU would continue talking with Metro Tasmania about other ways to make the bus network as safe as possible for both workers and passengers, and to encourage more people to use public transport.
“We’re confident other bus companies will look at the co-operative approach we’re pioneering here in Tasmania and see how employers, bus drivers and commuters can work together to help build a respectful public transport culture,” she said.
This article first appeared on www.news.com.au
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