Trans­dev Mel­bourne is on a mis­sion to find a so­lu­tion to its sig­nif­i­cant graf­fiti prob­lem in 2017

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Trans­dev Mel­bourne is on a mis­sion to find a so­lu­tion to its sig­nif­i­cant graf­fiti prob­lem in 2017, start­ing with a clean-up of its buses at Sun­shine West.

Teams of two were al­lo­cated graf­fiti wipes, sol­vent spray and rags or paint rollers. Mov­ing me­thod­i­cally through the buses, a triage process was de­vel­oped and once a bus was judged be­yond clean­ing it was tagged to be painted.

Trans­dev Mel­bourne man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Harry Wi­jers says he wouldn’t be happy work­ing in an en­vi­ron­ment that has been tar­geted by van­dals, so he can un­der­stand that it has a big im­pact on the morale of driv­ers.

“I wanted to show the driv­ers that we un­der­stand the graf­fiti is ugly and de­mor­al­is­ing and that we are pre­pared to do some­thing about it,” he says. “It had to be a Sun­day — to make it work we needed to get as many de­faced buses in the one place as pos­si­ble and dur­ing the rest of the week most of them have to be on the road.

“I knew it was a big ask for peo­ple to give up part of their week­end, but in the end I be­lieve it was worth it – we man­aged to clean 35 buses and paint 11.”

Area man­ager west Shaun Law­son has been tasked with find­ing work­able so­lu­tions to the sig­nif­i­cant graf­fiti prob­lem, start­ing with this re­cent graf­fiti blitz at the new Sun­shine West de­pot.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is go­ing to crack down on graf­fiti across its fleet this year and the clean-up day was the first of a num­ber of planned ini­tia­tives which in­clude a bet­ter equipped mo­bile re­sponse team and an app that iden­ti­fies the tags of re­peat of­fend­ers.

“It was fan­tas­tic to see how much pride staff from all lev­els of the busi­ness take in the fleet,” Law­son says.

“Af­ter such a suc­cess­ful first event, we are def­i­nitely look­ing at run­ning sim­i­lar days at other de­pots and with what we learned from the first event, we will be able to work smarter and faster next time.”

“I wanted to show the driv­ers that we un­der­stand the graf­fiti is ugly and de­mor­al­is­ing”

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