Hate crime targeted in Nottingham public transport partnership
Nottingham City Transport is working with tram operator Nottingham Express Transit and Nottingham Community Transport in a new campaign designed to clamp down on potential hate crimes. The three organisations have signed a ‘No To Hate’ pledge, in a partnership to tackle hate crime on public transport.
The organisations already cooperate on the TravelSafe initiative, which focuses on safe and acceptable conduct on buses and trams. Part of this work has included visiting schools on a regular basis to discuss appropriate behaviour with pupils and, more recently, focusing on hate crime.
The operators aim to work closely together to ensure anyone who experiences hate crime on their services is supported and to reiterate that this behaviour will not be tolerated. This will include continuing to provide hate crime training to transport staff and sharing information and best practice for resolutions or preventative interventions.
The ‘No To Hate’ pledge was launched in 2015 and calls for organisations to join forces and create a safer Nottinghamshire.
“Following our successful TravelSafe partnership with NET and Nottingham Community Transport we are looking forward to expanding our partnership working,” says Nicola Tidy, marketing and communications director, Nottingham City Transport. “All of our drivers receive regular training, including how to handle difficult situations, and we hope to expand this to raise awareness of hate crime and how to report it to our control room and Nottinghamshire police.
“Signing up to the ‘No To Hate’ pledge is a continuation of our commitment to ensuring public transport is a safe and pleasant way to get around the city.”
Councillor Toby Neal, executive assistant for equalities, customer focus, IT and technology at Nottingham City Council, adds: “Public transport is a vital service, and we are rightly proud of our network of trams and buses, enabling all our citizens to get to work, to access services or simply to enjoy themselves and they should be able to use transport without fear.
“Nottingham is full of decent people but when a minority misbehave it’s important that they get the support they need from transport staff as well as the police. We want citizens to know that they can report any hate crime and the response will be prompt and effective.”