Bus company winning the war against vandals

Bus operator First Glasgow has said that it that its zero tolerance approach to combating vandalism has produced dramatic improvements.

The company, whose fleet serve Milngavie and Bearsden, has revealed that broken windows have been reduced from 8,000 ten years ago to just 750 last year.

First has also pledged to prosecute anyone found damaging its vehicles and it recently made legal history by winning a civil court case banning a vandal from its vehicles for life after damaging 26 First Glasgow buses in the space of three months.

First was also awarded £10,000 damages. The vandal, who damaged windows on 26 buses, was given a 200 hour community payback order.

Managing Director of First Glasgow, Ronnie Park, said: “Our responsibility is to our customers - to give them a pleasant, safe experience when travelling on our buses. I am pleased that our approach to reducing vandalism, and indeed all crimes on our buses, is succeeding.”