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ARA and TrackSAFE back WA measures to deter risky behaviour on WA rail network

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) and the TrackSAFE Foundation endorse the Western Australian Government’s proposed measures to ensure serious incidents are reduced on WA’s rail networks.

“By endorsing the increase in penalties for those offenders who trespass on Public Transport Authority property, including activities such as train surfing we are sending a clear message - It is not OK,” said Bob Herbert AM, Chairman, ARA and the TrackSAFE Foundation.

“It is not OK to engage in risky behaviour on our train tracks which can result in serious injury or death.

“Dangerous activities on our train tracks can severely impact members of our community, including commuters and rail staff.

“We are seeing far too many incidents and near hits across the network. Every single one of these can cause severe and lasting trauma to the train driver and other rail employees involved. These incidents are avoidable if members of the public obey the rules that are in place to keep them safe. These proposed measures including an increase in penalties for those that choose to take dangerous and illegal risks on the network will hopefully act as a deterrent and help us in our mission of reducing incidents.”

“The Western Australian Government should be applauded for taking this proactive approach to reducing incidents and keeping rail safety high on the agenda

“However, we need national consistency on this matter. Higher penalties such as those proposed by the Western Australian Government reflect the seriousness of trespassing on rail networks and should be consistent across all Australian state and territories to deter people from risking their lives and traumatising rail employees and the broader community,” concluded Bob Herbert AM.

Media contact: Berna Doksatli - bdoksatli@ara.net.au - 0439 555 242