Roderick Smith wrote:Graffiti attacks on buses costing Transdev $1 million a year to clean up.
Manningham Leader March 19, 2017.
A DONCASTER commuter says constant graffiti attacks on Manningham buses are making them look the worst he has seen in 35 years of travel.
David Robertson’s complaint comes as bus operator Transdev, which services Manningham and other parts of Melbourne, revealed it spent more than $1 million a year removing graffiti from its fleet.
A Transdev bus covered in graffiti. Picture: Kylie Else.
And with nearly half its buses housed at the Doncaster depot, its managing director Harry Wijers said its mobile graffiti response team was revising its strategy to deal with the problem.
Mr Robertson, a Public Transport Users Association member, said he had seen graffiti and grime on nearly every bus he had travelled on in the past 12 months during his daily weekday commute to the city.
“I’ve been using the system in Manningham heading to the city for a long time and I’ve never seen it like it is,” he said.
“Every bus has some sort of graffiti on it or you can see the remnants of trying to clean it off.”
Drivers who see vandals in action are powerless to act. Picture: Kylie Else Mr Wijers said graffiti was “a huge issue” for the company, with about 80 per cent of its fleet vandalised at any given time.
Transdev has 505 buses in its fleet, with 210 stationed at its Doncaster depot.
“Basically, as soon as it’s cleaned off, it reappears,” he said.
“Even if a driver sees someone vandalising their bus, there is very little they can do about it.”
Constant attacks on the buses mean they have to be deep cleaned once a month. Picture: Kylie Else.
Mr Wijers said staff cleaned graffiti off buses daily.
Again Transdev spin.
He said all buses had to be deep cleaned once a month and some required a repaint or a respray, costing $5000 each time.
Mr Wijers said the company had CCTV on its buses to try and identify offenders and was also trialling different paint surfaces and interiors to deter taggers.
Transdev spokeswoman Kate Rasmussen said drivers were not supposed to leave their seats to engage with vandals but reported graffiti at the end of their shifts. They could also alert TransDev’s operations team to any incidents via internal radio, who then referred the matter to police..
A Victoria Police Media spokesman said Manningham Crime Investigation Unit and Transit Police did not have any recent reports of graffiti on buses.
Graffiti vandals spray last Hitachi train.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/east ... 6e7b0b9409, with four photos, mainly tags on walls and seat backs, plus scratched windows.
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