Abuse to transport staff - not tolerated!

Published: 28-01-2014

A woman who racially abused a bus driver in a dispute over a ticket has been ordered to pay him 100 pounds and to pay 200 pounds court costs by magistrates in Birmingham.

Jessica Haines, 23, of Braithwaite Road, Sparkbrook was also given a community order for 12 months and must attend a six month alcohol treatment course.

The court heard that on June 03 last year Haines was a passenger on a number 8A bus. As she tried to get off in Highgate Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham, she made a racially offensive remark to driver Sajaad Hussain when he challenged her over her ticket.

After originally failing to attend court she was later arrested by officers and appeared before the court on January 23 this year where she pleaded guilty to the public order offence.

PC Dean Lancaster of the Safer Travel Partnership said: 'We will robustly pursue anyonewho subjects drivers to abuse such as this and if appropriate put them before the courts to ensure justice is done for those working in the public transport industry.'