It may be time to consider the cost and benefits of adding security cameras to buses and ferries in the “interest of keeping all modes of public transportation safe,” Shadow Minister of Transport Lawrence Scott said.
Mr Scott said, “Last week, an incident happened on a public bus that highlights the need for security cameras to be installed on all public transport. As the incident is under investigation by the BPS, I will refrain from details, however, it was traumatic for all passengers on board the bus at the time which included tourists and locals alike.
“This highlights a key concern that I mentioned back in 2014 during the budget debate; I suggested on the floor of Parliament that the Minister have his team, at the very least, look into the installation of close circuit security cameras on our buses.
“Minister Crockwell agreed and I believed this was a suggestion that had his support. Unfortunately, here we are, over a year later, and there is still seemingly no progress.
“Based on the number of the incidences of this nature on our buses, and with a large number of our population utilizing the public transportation, the time has come to take the vision that I outlined in 2014 and bring it to fruition.
“It may be time for the Bermuda Police Service and the Public Transportation Board to consider the cost and benefits of retrofitting the buses and ferries with security cameras, in addition to provide a monitoring service for them, in the interest of keeping all modes of public transportation safe.
“As the Minister of Tourism & Transport, one would think that Minister Crockwell would be doubly concerned at an incident of this type, so we hope that he will act by taking our recommendations onboard.”