Disability Equality Scotland is delighted to be working with Stagecoach East as part of a pilot programme on behalf of Transport Scotland, designed to tackle hate crime on public transport.
Transport Scotland’s Hate Crime Working Group, led by Disability Equality Scotland have conducted a series of public consultations on the topic, which led to the creation of a Hate Crime Charter.
The Charter sets out our stance on Hate Crime. Stagecoach East believes that everyone has the right to travel safely and any aggressive, bullying or harassing behaviour will not be tolerated on their services.
Issues of hate crime will be taken seriously, and incidents will be reported to Police Scotland.
Stagecoach East has begun piloting the Charter and the results will help to inform its national roll out.
Emma Scott, Operations Manager from Disability Equality Scotland said “Our public consultations indicated that people would rather travel on a service that shows its commitment to tackling hate crime, than not. This Charter providers clear and common standards for challenging hate crime, encouraging reporting with the overall aim of prevention of hate crime incidents on the public transport network. We’re delighted so many transport partners are engaged in this process which will help everyone feel comfortable and safe to travel in Scotland.”
You can view the Charter on our Accessible Travel Hub