RACQ backs safety overhaul of BCC bus network

The State’s peak motoring body has come out in support of changes to improve passenger safety on Brisbane City Council buses.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has committed to a number of improvements to the network following an independent review into the death of Council bus driver Manmeet Sharma in October 2016.

“Driver safety is something that will always be of paramount importance to this administration, as is passenger safety,” Cr Quirk said.

Lord Mayor Quirk said among the changes were additional emergency exits in the back half of the bus, upgraded emergency exit signage, more driver training, and emergency exit education for passengers.

RACQ’s Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said implementing safety upgrades was an important ongoing requirement.

“The people of Brisbane deserve to feel safe when they step foot on any form of public transport whether it be a bus, train or CityCat,” Mr Spalding said.

“We support the announced extra safety measures being put in place and believe this will go some way to providing Brisbane travellers with piece of mind.

“Hundreds of thousands of people use the public transport system every day and they should have the confidence of being safe on Brisbane’s buses.”

Cr Quirk has committed to several changes across Brisbane’s bus fleet:

• Upgrade emergency exit signage within the council’s bus fleet
• Prepare and roll out an education program for bus passengers about emergency procedures, including the location of emergency exits
• Expand the Council’s driver training program to better equip drivers to respond to violent situations
• Install an additional emergency exit in the back half of the bus, on buses where there are no rear window emergency exits
• Provide a copy of the review to the State Government for consideration as part of their ongoing bus safety investigation.