Daljeet Dagon (Programme Manager, Barnardo’s Scotland): Scotland is the first nation in the U.K. to give it’s young people free bus travel across the country. In reaching out to Barnardo’s Scotland, Transport Scotland have highlighted their commitment to young people travelling safely. This gives everyone the confidence that bus drivers will be equipped with all the relevant tools to not only identify but also to be able to respond to any worries or concerns that they might have.
Susan: It would make me feel more confident knowing that the drivers are having extra training, allowing my daughter to be more independent. I’ll be confident letting her use the service and know that she’ll be safe.
Jimmy Lillis (Driver): Morning
Lola: Especially as a woman I think it’s really important that bus drivers are aware and for people to be looking out for each other.
Jimmy Lillis (Driver): The first thing you see is eye contact and speak to them and you just check the mirror before you drive away. The training provided by Transport Scotland and Barnardo’s Scotland it’s about being more aware of the issues that young people face and us doing as we would for any other vulnerable passengers.