Bus safety upgrades on the way for Brisbane

Image: Brisbane City Council

Image: Brisbane City Council

A range of extra safety measures will be put in place on Brisbane City Council buses following the release of an independent review into the death of council bus driver Manmeet Sharma.

The incident happened in Moorooka on October 2016, when Sharma was burnt to death while in his bus during an unprovoked attack, the Brisbane Times reports.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk released the council’s review on Tuesday to determine what happened, evaluate the response to the incident and suggest any additional safety measures to prevent a similar incident.

In response to the review, the Lord Mayor called for a range of actions to be taken including:

  • Upgrading emergency exit signs within the council’s bus fleet
  • Rolling out an education program for bus passengers about emergency procedures, including the location of emergency exits
  • Expanding the driver training program to better equip drivers to respond to violent situations
  • Installing an additional emergency exit in the back half of the bus, on buses where there is no rear window emergency exit.

A copy of the review will also be provided to the state government to take into consideration during its ongoing bus safety investigation.

The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) supported these upgrades, with head of technical and safety policy, Steve Spalding, saying these were important requirements.

“The people of Brisbane deserve to feel safe when they step foot on any form of public transport whether it be a bus, train or CityCat,” he said.

“We support the announced extra safety measures being put in place and believe this will go some way to providing Brisbane travellers with piece of mind.”