Lapel cameras for inspectors
Train ticket inspectors will be armed with cameras as part of a trial to improve staff safety following assaults on rail operators and Maori Wardens during recent months.
The Rail and Maritime Transport Union said it supported train operator Transdev and Auckland Transport's three-month trial of personal lapel cameras on about 50 ticket inspectors serving Auckland's rail network.
Rail and Maritime Transport Union General Secretary Wayne Butson said recent assaults had prompted calls for improved safety measures on the rail network.
"This is one of the proactive measures we have been pursuing to combat recent assaults."
The cameras were in keeping with the "safety first" approach that should exist in all New Zealand workplaces, Butson said.
"If effective [the cameras] will help to keep our members safer and they will help keep the passengers on the trains safer also.
"Rail staff should be able to come to work, do their job and go home safe at the end of their shift."
Transdev said the cameras would help stop people who were contributing to almost $1.5 million a year of lost revenue for the train operator by not paying their fares.
Fare evasion was an ongoing issue for public transport throughout the world, Transdev said.
As many as 5 per cent of passengers were not paying for their train rides and additional measures were required to make travel costs fairer for everyone, it said.
The ticket inspectors would also be able to issue "network bans" to non-compliant people travelling or attempting to travel on Auckland trains.