DPTI Proposal to Put Public Transport Staff at Risk

03 June 2019

The Public Service Association (PSA) was advised by Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) on Thursday of a proposal to remove ‘on-board’ security guards from various public transport services.

The PSA is appalled by this proposal which would put the safety of DPTI staff at risk, leaving them unaccompanied on public transport services late at night. DPTI is proposing that existing contracted security guards will instead be in cars ’roving’ around the network.

The PSA does not consider this proposal reasonable given the support existing security guards provide in real-time on night services.

DPTI has used statistics which point to a drop in the frequency in incidents on the targeted services, as justification for this proposal. However, the PSA believes the presence of existing security guards is the reason incidents have dropped. If these security guards are removed, incidents are likely to increase.

The PSA requests your feedback on this proposal by Wednesday 12 June 2019. Members can send their feedback by email.