Bus and rail union wants compulsory face masks on public transport 1 year ago

Bus and rail union wants compulsory face masks on public transport

It also called for the daily disinfection of all public transport fleets.

The National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) has called for public transport passengers to be obliged to wear face masks in the interest of public health and safety.

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The NBRU also called for workers to have their temperature checked daily before their shifts.

The measures would be on top of current social distancing guidelines issued by the government and the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

In a letter to National Transport Authority CEO Anne Graham, NBRU General Secretary Dermot O’Leary said these measures should be introduced as the Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

“Whilst some elements of society will be able to cope with the relaxation of restrictions, public transport will encounter significant difficulties, not least due to the constraints associated with fleet capacity,” O’Leary said.

O'Leary also called for a daily disinfection of all transport fleets on a daily basis as well as automatic "no touch" hand sanitisers in all locations where passengers access services.

“It is widely acknowledged that other countries are at different stages with the evolvement of easement measures, this is causing concern for frontline public transport staff that serve our airports, therefore special measures (vetting personnel) will have to be implemented to ensure potential virus carriers are not travelling on public transport services that serve our airports," O'Leary said.