Press Release

SIPTU representatives call for a dedicated transport policing service

Date Released: 09 July 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Monday, 9th July) called for the establishment of a dedicated transport policing service in order to combat the growing number of incidences of anti-social behaviour across the public transport network.

SIPTU Sector Organiser, John Murphy, said: “ For more than 20 years, SIPTU representatives have been campaigning for the establishment of a dedicated transport policing service. We believe, now more than ever, such a service is vital to protect the safety of passengers and workers on our ever-growing public transport network.”

“Our members have experienced a sharp increase in anti-social behaviour across all transport services. Rail, Dart & tram platforms and unmanned train stations are also increasingly becoming a lightning rod for anti-social behaviour. This is unacceptable and something must be done to address the lack of security in these areas.”

“SIPTU representatives firmly believe if a dedicated transport policing service is in place, with powers of arrest and detention, it would dramatically reduce incidents of anti-social behaviour while acting as a deterrent to those who see public transport as a soft target.”

He added: “This week, SIPTU representatives will write to the Railway Safety Advisory Council seeking their support for the establishment of a dedicated transport policing service. Our members also intend to make representations to the Department of Transport, the Department of Justice, the Gardaí and all transport service providers in order to address their concerns and those of their passengers who are dependent on the services.”


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