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Urgent action demanded as anti-social behaviour rises on Luas trams

Urgent action is being demanded to tackle rising anti-social behaviour taking place on Luas transport systems, according to a South Dublin TD.

Last year, there were 702 incidents of anti-social behaviour reported last year which is an increase from 593 in 2019.

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The most striking aspect of this rise in anti-social behaviour is that it has increased despite lockdowns.

The figures were released to Dublin-Rathdown TD Neale Richmond who has called for a dedicated strategy to be taken to bring Gardaí, public transport operators and the Government together in an attempt to stop this growing trend.

The figures for 2021 look set to surpass last year’s figures with 679 incidents already reported up to October.

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Richmond stated, “Statistics released to me via Parliamentary Questions show there has been an 18pc increase in the incidence of anti-social behaviour on the Luas, with a further 679 incidences occurring up to October this year, meaning we are on track for a further increase for 2021.”

“Dublin Bus have fitted their fleet with CCTV and staff are trained to deal with anti-social behaviour but nevertheless incidents are still rising, with 514 in 2020, up from 494 in 2019.”

With 211 Dart carriages being vandalised and costing over €500,000 this year, Richmond stated that “this issue is clearly widespread across all modes of public transport”.

“This issue has persisted for too long and with members of the National Bus and Rail Drivers Union considering strike action over anti-social behaviour, it is clear that action is needed.”

IMAGE – “Luas Tram Stop “Jervis” On Abbey Street In Dublin” by William Murphy (CCBYSA2.0)

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