Public transport violence: Stamp it out

Public transport violence: Stamp it out

One of the reasons those who cling to private transport offer, and with some justification, is that public transport is neither reliable nor comfortable.

The admission that commuters face several more years of overcrowded trains confirms that idea. That so many people pay ever-increasing parking fees and endure traffic nightmares is another indictment.

However, there is increasingly another issue in play — the jeopardy and violence faced more and more frequently by rail and bus workers. The latest incidence was the “hijacking” of a bus on the country’s first 24-hour route in Cork.

That act alone was unacceptably anti-social but that the female driver was threatened with rape upgrades the incident to a crime.

That those responsible were teenagers points to failures on many levels, primarily parental.

We recently reported on how very few gardaí patrol our streets at night. That weakness and the bus hijacking are not unconnected.

It seems time to confront both issues, especially as the real victims might be the communities that will lose vital transport services.

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