Anne Ferris, Labour’s Local Election Candidate in Bray, has joined with her colleagues in the Oireachtas in calling on Dublin Bus to reverse its decision not to pick up students at UCD at night and to work with students, An Garda Síochána, and the University to find a solution.
“It is unacceptable to tar the entire student and staff community in UCD with the same brush and ignore their transport needs at night” said Anne Ferris. “This is both an equality and safety issue for students, and also drivers and their customers.
“I recognise that bus drivers must be respected and their right to decent and safe working conditions delivered on, but surely it is feasible to find solutions to ensure those getting on the bus do not engage in rowdy or anti-social behaviour, rather than leaving those who need the bus on the side of the road.
“As a second-year student in UCD, I often take the bus home from Belfield to Bray so I believe that discriminating against all students because of the actions of some is not acceptable. Students with disabilities and female students are the ones most affected by this decision. Students are being encouraged late at night to walk to another bus stop along a dual carriageway. That is not a runner, and not safe for students.
“I join with my colleague, Senator Kevin Humphries in calling on Dublin Bus to reverse its decision and to resolve the issue. Surely it can see that in this day and age, such discrimination is simply unacceptable. We are also calling on the Minister for Transport to re-engage with the Transport Unions and An Garda Síochána to speed up the delivery of a Transport Police to bring anti-social behaviour on board public transport under control.