After ongoing discussions between unions, the Works Council Veluwe and Syntus, several measures were taken on Friday 29 April to increase the security of bus drivers and passengers. The reason for this was, among other things, the robbery of a bus driver in Apeldoorn on 4 April. In addition to these measures, which will be implemented on short notice, Syntus is actively participating in the nation-wide effort to ban cash money from buses.
The measures Syntus will take consist of a combination of operational adjustments. The presence of surveillance staff will be increased, particularly in the evenings. We have made clear agreements with the police departments in all our concessions. Police will contribute to prevention and faster response times in the event of any calamities. Combined with the camera surveillance present on buses, this means there is a significant chance of arresting a suspect. In light of the Safe Public Services (VPT) programme, violence against people with a public function, e.g. bus drivers, will be punished more severely.