Bus Drivers Boycott Suburbs in Response to Spike in Violent Youth Crime

Violent incidents on Brisbane’s public transport system have spurred bus drivers to boycott travelling into the lower socio-economic areas of Inala and Forest Lake—two suburbs within the electorate of state Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
The move comes as Australian authorities grapple with a youth crime wave that has gripped southeast Queensland and the central town of Alice Springs.
The Rail, Tram, and Bus Union says drivers have been assaulted and buses vandalised, according to a Jan. 20 email update.
“The safety of our bus drivers is still at imminent risk. The measures put in place so far are simply not enough to deter the youth gangs threatening and attacking our members,” the union said….

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