Would you like the bash with your train ride?

I don’t believe in public transport. And here is one reason.

After at least 14 assaults Auckland train inspectors are to wear lapel cameras for added protection.

No wonder rail patronage is dropping and growth is stagnant – it’s simply a dangerous place to be.

I’d drive my car rather than be assaulted on a train.

Ticket inspectors on Auckland trains are to be armed with small CCTV cameras on their jackets to combat fare evasion and violence.

Video and audio footage will be used as evidence for police prosecutions in the absence of any direct financial penalties able to be imposed on those caught riding trains without paying.?

Lapel-mounted cameras smaller than a cigarette packet will help ticket inspectors to issue and enforce trespass notices banning frequent offenders from catching trains for two years.

Rail operating company Transdev will train a small group of staff over the next few weeks for a three-month trial before deciding whether to roll out the new technology to the rest of its 50-strong ticket inspectorate.

It sees security as an added bonus of the scheme – providing a strong deterrent to any fare evaders threatening to assault staff who challenge them, as has happened frequently this year.

But the rail workers’ union views security as paramount, after what it claims have been at least 14 assaults on staff since January 1, and says the rollout cannot come soon enough.

Transdev managing director Terry Scott, confirming the trial yesterday, acknowledged that the scheme was designed to make up for a lack of other fare-enforcement firepower.

Public transport is for other people, and from the looks of it scumbags intent on violence.


– NZ Herald