‘Get a grip’ on face coverings, says Unite

Trade union Unite has called on bus operators to “get a grip” to ensure passengers wear face coverings on buses.

From 15 June, it has been a requirement under the condition of travel that all passengers (unless exempt) must wear a mask or face covering when travelling on buses and all forms of public transport, to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. There have been concerns raised about non-compliance in some areas. Unite believes bus companies should be utilising staff other than drivers to order people who are not wearing a face covering to leave the bus.

Unite national officer for passenger transport, Bobby Morton, said: “Unite has been receiving concerns about passengers not wearing a face covering. It is not the responsibility of the bus driver to enforce the wearing of a face covering. Given the challenges and risks they have faced during the pandemic they already have enough on their plate.

“Unite has advised its members not to get involved with passengers who are not wearing a face covering.

“Bus operators need to get a grip on this matter. They should be utilising other staff members to order passengers without face coverings to leave a bus. On routes where there is significant non-compliance the bus operator needs to ensure that the police are involved.

“It is vital that all passengers comply with the regulations in order to reduce the danger of transmission and to ensure that confidence returns to using public transport.”

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