Good on ya Boris

The Telegraph

Boris Johnson is smacking down on rude yoof:

London Mayor Boris Johnson will today promise to withdraw the right to free public transport travel from young people who fail to give up their seats for the elderly, pregnant or disabled.

Mr Johnson, who is standing for re-election this year, will unveil his transport manifesto, in which he is expected to announce a tougher code for behaviour on buses, trains and the London Underground.

It follows a similar move to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour on Transport for London services by banning passengers from drinking alcohol.

Mr Johnson will announce that young people who do not give up their seats, who are offensive or use threatening language, or who fail to be courteous and polite to travellers and staff will lose their free travel passes.

A spokesman for Mr Johnson’s re-election campaign said the plan would be “self-enforcing” and would bring about a change in attitudes towards impolite behaviour.

He added 3,000 young people had already had to take part in the “Earn your travel back” scheme after their travel photocard had been taken away for breaching its code.

Under the initiative, young people who lose their free travel can have the privilege restored by carrying out voluntary work.

Speaking before today’s launch, Mr Johnson told the Daily Mail: “When I was a boy, I was taught to stand up for those less able to.

“Youngsters enjoy the privilege of free travel, which is paid for by Londoners, but they have to understand that with that privilege comes responsibility. Anyone who abuses this privilege will have it taken away, and will have to earn that right back.”


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