Physical or verbal abuse should never be part of any job, but that is sadly still a reality for many hard-working bus drivers.
And the stress of working under tight timetables, road rage and handling fare evasion just compounds the issues related to passenger aggression inside the bus.
The TWU has been fighting for years to make the job safer for our bus members, including the successful bus driver screen safety program.
Data collected between 2008 and 2018 by Transport Safety Victoria showed 241 Victorian bus drivers were physically assaulted, with 20 incidents occurring in 2018.
And that is just what has been reported. This is why we fight.