Consultation launched over plans to tackle anti-social behaviour

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On 4 February 2019, a consultation was launched over plans to use new powers to tackle anti-social behaviour on buses.

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) part of the West Midlands Combines Authority (WMCA) is looking to adopt new bus byelaws which would give SAFE Travel teams and police officers greater powers to deal with low level nuisance on buses, at bus shelters and bus station.

Due to the work of Safer Travel Partnership between TfWM, West Midlands Police and British Transport police, anti-social behaviour has decreased by more than 60% since 2006.

Despite this reduction in anti-social behaviour however, according to research by campaign group Transport Focus, there would be 11.5% more journeys by public transport if people felt safer.

New byelaws would enable officers the ability to target a range of anti-social acts such as smoking and vaping, intoxication, vandalising property and threatening or offensive behaviour.

Residents and passengers now have between now and March 29 to comment on proposals.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson, said: “The safer people feel on public transport, the more likely they are to use it.

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