Amendments to improve the safety and security of all bus users
To create a safer and more pleasant environment for bus drivers and the travelling public, amendments have been made to the Public Transport (Passenger Safety) Act 2008 giving Transit Officers more powers to address anti-social behaviour.
As part of the amendments, Transit Officers can now:
- issue banning notices to people who engage in offensive, threatening, violent or disorderly conduct on a bus, at a bus stop or at or in the vicinity of a bus interchange
- arrest someone if they are assaulted while acting in the course of their duty outside the vicinity of a bus or bus interchange
- arrest for a range of offences committed outside the vicinity of a bus or bus interchange
- deal with a person who assaults someone or damages property (e.g. rock throwing) within the bus network or a bus interchange, when the offender is outside a bus interchange.
Security Officers also have increased powers and can now demand a person to supply their name, date of birth and address, give direction and require someone to get off a bus or to keep away from a bus stop or bus interchange, but without the power to use force to remove the person.
Find out more about the amendments to the legislation.