Bus companies to improve security or risk licence

15th September 2009, Comments 0 comments

Mayor Ruud Vreeman of Tilburg says bus companies should step up security by increasing patrol teams and installing more CCTVs cameras before they are given an operating licence.

Tilburg – Bus companies should only receive a licence to operate buses if enough is being done to ensure the safety of their employees, said Mayor Ruud Vreeman of Tilburg.

The mayor, who led a study group to look at how bus operators can empower their staff, recommends that companies must be well equipped to protect their employees before they are allowed to operate buses in urban and regional areas. 

The group advises bus companies to set up roving security teams, increase closed-circuit TV surveillance in problem zoned and conduct social skills classes for bus drivers.

It also proposes to claim damages from the perpetrators of violence and vandalism.

The group's advice was sought following a number of violent incidents on buses in rural areas. Security on regional public bus services has fallen sharply over the past few years. On trains and in city transport, no such deterioration has been registered.

Interior Affairs Minister Guusje ter Horst, who is responsible for public order, said she will implement the recommendations.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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