Real crisis in some Australian regions: There is bus drivers shortage

By TravelWiseOct 18, 2023 16:19 PMNews
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Real crisis in some Australian regions: There is bus drivers shortage
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A $100,000 a year is a price for a job that no Australian would want to do, sitting ALL day long.

There is a chronic shortage of bus drivers in some parts of Australia. They are offered salaries that add up to $100,000 a year. On top of that, drivers also get perks like free travel on any public transport, which can be worth up to $3,000 a year.

This is New South Wales we are talking about. A shortage of drivers has led to canceled flights and frustrated passengers, the Daily Mail reports.

"New South Wales is facing an unprecedented shortage of bus drivers," a spokesperson told Transport for NSW.

The reason for the crisis is that many drivers are stressed by pay issues, grueling working hours, and safety concerns from some passengers.

They are required to deal with aggressive passengers, drive safely, consider and meet the needs of passengers with disabilities, respond to emergencies and more.

In addition, people are deterred by the schedule as a typical shift starts at 5:30 a.m. and ends at 6:30 p.m. with a five-hour break in the middle of the day.

The unpopular shifts are necessary because more drivers are needed during peak periods when most commuters ride.

Current NSW Transport Minister Jo Haylen, who has held the post since March 2023, blamed the previous government for the driver shortage and several widespread complaints from bus drivers about their jobs.

"We continue to face a significant shortage of bus drivers because the former Liberal government refused to engage with the workforce. They left the bus industry with substandard toilets and rest areas, a two-tiered wage system, and an unnecessary amount of red tape that discouraged people from becoming bus drivers," she said.

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