VVD wants pepper spray for bus drivers

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The conservative VVD party wants bus drivers to be equipped with pepper spray, so they can retaliate against violent attacks by passengers.

THE NETHERLANDS - Party leader Mark Rutter proposed that drivers be permitted to attend voluntary training courses in how to use the spray.

Currently, only police officers are permitted to use it. Rutte also believes a special transport police unit needs to be set up, similar to that in existence on the railways.

In the past few weeks, several bus drivers throughout the country have been the victims of aggression by passengers.

The Dutch Labour Movement Federation (FNV) is planning to hold a national day of action against violence on public transport on Monday.

Radio Netherlands/Expatica

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