Dutch bus drivers protest over aggressive youths

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In the past two weeks, two drivers in the town of Ede have been threatened by youths.

GELDERLAND – Buses in the town of Ede near Arnhem are at a standstill due to a walkout by drivers.

Bus drivers in province of Gelderland are protesting against aggressive behaviour by some passengers, said trade union FNV Bondgenoten.

 In the past two weeks, two drivers have been threatened by youths.

In one incident, police took half an hour to arrive at the scene after a female driver reported she was threatened.

The union also claims bus company Veolia has failed to respond to the problem adequately.

On Monday, Veolia said youth workers were travelling on its buses to assess the extent of the problem.

The Ede drivers say they will only return to work if more action is taken to deal with the aggression.

In a separate incident, a 17-year-old youth has been arrested for punching a bus driver repeatedly in the city of Tilburg. The assault in January took place because the driver had initially refused to pick up the boy as he was not standing at a bus stop. 

Nevertheless, figures released by bus companies Arriva and Veolia on Tuesday revealed a significant decrease in incidents of aggression towards bus drivers in the province over 2008.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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