Unite, the union representing London bus drivers, has welcomed TfL’s proposals to no longer accept cash payment on board buses, but has warned TfL to protect drivers against confrontation from passengers.
London bus drivers will no longer accept cash payment on board their vehicles when new measures are introduced this summer.
Unite regional secretary for London, Peter Kavanagh, said:“Unite has always pushed for cashless buses. Fare collection can cause confrontation plus there is the ever-present risk for drivers at the end of a route or duty.
“The big issue now for drivers is how they will be supported going forward. One per cent cash paying customers is still around 60,000 passengers a day. A tiny minority can cause confrontation if they are turned away. There are still too many assaults on drivers and TfL must work with Unite to introduce the necessary protections ahead of the roll out. Vulnerable passengers need protection - but so do bus drivers.”
For more information contact Ciaran Naidoo from Unite on 07768 931 315
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Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.