Push to ban troublemakers from trains

MP Ryan Park said banning troublemakers from using public transport could benefit South Coast commuters. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

MP Ryan Park said banning troublemakers from using public transport could benefit South Coast commuters. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Keira MP Ryan Park is pushing to ban troublemakers from using public transport.

Mr Park, who is also the opposition transport spokesman, said Labor would introduce legislation that would allow police or the courts to ban people threatening the safety of others from travelling on the public transport network.

“Time and time again, safety comes up as a key concern for commuters who rely on public transport to get to and from work, or travel around their local community each day,’’ Mr Park said.

“The time has come to start banning people who want to harass, assault or harm other passengers on public transport. It’s time to say enough is enough.’’

Mr Park said the idea could benefit South Coast commuters.

‘‘We’re aware there have been incidents on our line of assaults, of  people sexually harassed or assaulted,’’ Mr Park said.

‘‘We do know our line is used by people travelling from the city late at night and, especially at this time of the year, when it’s dark. What we want to do is make sure everyone who uses this service each and every day, the last thing they’re worried about is what’s going on on the train network in terms of their safety and well-being.’’

Mr Park said the idea wasn’t new with a similar system operating in South Australia for the last two years.

It would not be the responsibility of train drivers or rail platform staff to enforce the ban by screening every commuter. Instead, people found travelling while under a ban order would be fined.

‘‘What can happen in South Australia, police can issue an order on the spot about this,’’ Mr Park said.

‘‘If it’s for a sustained period of time like weeks and months then that can be dealt with through the courts.

‘‘Police in the transport command would have access to the identification and information about people who have a ban order in place.

‘‘They will be able to enforce that if they come across that person who is on the public transport network when there is a ban in place.’’

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