Public transport safety improves
16 July 2004, AMSTERDAM — There was an improvement in safety on buses, trams and metros in 2003 compared with previous years. Commuters felt safer as the number of violent incidents declined slightly, it was reported Friday.
16 July 2004
AMSTERDAM — There was an improvement in safety on buses, trams and metros in 2003 compared with previous years. Commuters felt safer as the number of violent incidents declined slightly, it was reported Friday.
The rise in public safety on the public transport system was reflected in figures released by Transport Minister Karla Peijs.
Although the news made headlines across the Netherlands, the actual figures — while encouraging — were hardly conclusive.
Some 62 percent of public transport workers reported being confronted by violent incidents in 2003, down from 66 percent the previous year.
About 22 percent of passengers were caught up in a violent incident, compared with 27 percent in 2002.
Passengers also felt safer in 2003, with the number of people experiencing anxiety when using public transport falling from 24 percent in 2002 to 18 percent last year.
On a negative note, there was an increase in the percentage of staff who felt unsafe from 52 percent in 2002 to 54 percent last year.
Minister Peijs said this was explained by bus drivers who feel more vulnerable than their counterparts in trams and metros.
In contrast, bus passengers continue to feel safer than people using metros and trams.
Due to the increasing use of inspectors, there has been a significant decline in the number of tram passengers who become a victim of assault or aggression.
Train passengers also felt safer in 2003, with 81 percent giving safety a score of 7 or more out of 10. In the evening hours, 46 percent in 2003 gave a score of 6 to safety in train stations, up from 38 percent in 2002.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news