Boy, 14, accused of spitting on Gold Coast bus driver in disgraceful attack

A 14-YEAR-OLD boy has been arrested and charged following a disgraceful attack on a Gold Coast bus driver.

The teen is accused of spitting on the bus driver at the Broadbeach South Light Rail terminal at around 12.30am this morning.

It’s alleged the boy then pegged his mobile phone at the driver. He was arrested and has since been charged with one count of serious assault.


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Police say the juvenile will be dealt with under the Youth Justice Act.

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) said this morning’s attack only highlighted the plague of violence directed at public transport workers.

“Enough is enough,” said TWU Queensland Branch Secretary, Peter Biagini.

“Bus drivers are punched, spat on, verbally abused and have their vehicles attacked,” Biagini said. “As we tragically saw recently, it can cost lives.”

“Translink needs to guarantee that incidents like we have seen recently cannot happen again.”

The Union applauded Queensland Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe for fast-tracking the Bus Safety Review announced a week ago.

The National Day of Respect for Public Transport Workers will be held on 9 November.

 

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