City of Winnipeg, Canada Demands More Cameras on Transit Buses
Winnipeg Transit has submitted a report to the cityâ€™s Public Works Committee proposing to increase the number of surveillance cameras on the areaâ€™s transit buses. The new cameras, if approved, would be installed near the bus driverâ€™s seat to thwart assaults
Currently, the cameras in place do not record any bus driver assaults from passengers, but only the activity that brews from behind. In the past, privacy issues have prevented the deployment of security cameras in this particular spot.
There were 63 reported bus driver assaults in 2011, an increase of 300% from 2005 when only 17 assaults were reported. In 2006, that number increased by almost 50% to 30 reported incidents. One of the possible reasons for the rise in reported bus driver assaults include fare disputes. Arguments have occurred when the passenger has refused to pay or hasnâ€™t paid enough to board the bus.
The Public Works Committee reviewed the report and sent it back to Winnipeg transit for revisions. The new, updated report is expected to fall back in the hands of the Public Works Committee in three months from now.