PERSONAL SAFETY: Follow these great tips for staying safer when using public transport services.
PERSONAL SAFETY: Follow these great tips for staying safer when using public transport services. ThinkStock

How to travel safely on public transport

FOLLOW these practical tips for staying aware and safe when you are travelling on public transport.

Buses

1. Sit wherever you feel the most comfortable and safe. If the bus is empty, or nearly empty, consider sitting near the driver.

2. If the driver is threatening your safety, take details of the bus and the driver and report the matter to police and/or the bus company.

3. In the case of emergency,phones are available on many station platforms.

Trains

1. Sit wherever you feel the most comfortable and safe. If the train is empty, or nearly empty, consider sitting near the train guard or driver.

2. In an emergency, seek help by alerting the guard or pushing the emergency contact button for assistance.

4. Emergency phones are available at all stations and in some car parks.

5Safety zones are waiting areas available at some stations that guarantee a number of security features such as camera surveillance, enhanced lighting and access to an emergency phone.

General advice

1. Avoid unnecessary waiting and plan your travel by consulting a timetable.

2. Advise a responsible person of your expected arrival and route.

3. Wait wherever you feel the most comfortable and safe, such as in a well-lit area near other people.

4. If you feel your safety is threatened by a fellow passenger -

  • respond assertively, for example 'Leave me alone, or I will report you'.
  • move.
  • seek help from other passengers by asking specific people for assistance .
  • rather than making a general call for help.
  • activate an emergency button or use an emergency phone, if available.
  • report the incident to the bus driver, train guard, police or to the transport company.

5. When leaving public transport, be alert to who gets off with you.

6. Have a plan to get to your car or home when you get off public transport.


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