Trans­port Safety Vic­to­ria di­rec­tor de­parts

ABC (Australia) - - NEWS -

Af­ter seven years of ad­min­is­ter­ing bus safety in Vic­to­ria, Trans­port Safety Vic­to­ria (TSV) di­rec­tor of bus safety Stephen Turner is call­ing time.

As the bus safety reg­u­la­tor, Turner has seen Vic­to­ria’s bus in­dus­try grow sig­nif­i­cantly from about 1400 bus op­er­a­tors in 2010 when the Bus Safety Act 2009 came into ef­fect to al­most 3000 op­er­a­tors to­day.

De­spite the chal­lenges that have come with this sig­nif­i­cant growth, bus safety out­comes across all in­dus­try sec­tors and bus ser­vice types have con­tin­ued to im­prove.

“Safe bus trans­port is es­sen­tial to all Vic­to­ri­ans and the many guests who visit our great state each year,” Turner says.

“Buses trans­port mil­lions of pas­sen­gers ev­ery year to their places of work, to their schools and ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­i­ties, to lo­cal and dis­tant sport­ing and so­cial events, and to Vic­to­ria’s many world-fa­mous tourist at­trac­tions.

“Ma­jor pub­lic trans­port im­prove­ments such as the Level Cross­ing Re­moval and the Mel­bourne Metro Tun­nel projects would be much more dif­fi­cult to im­ple­ment were Vic­to­ria’s many bus op­er­a­tors not will­ing and able to safely take on the ad­di­tional pub­lic trans­port bur­den dur­ing the con­struc­tion phases of these ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments.”

Deputy di­rec­tor of bus safety Shaun Ro­den­burg will act in the di­rec­tor’s role while a re­cruit­ment process is un­der­taken.

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