GOVERNMENT MUST ISSUE NATIONAL GUIDANCE TO TRANSPORT OPERATORS IN DEALING WITH HATE CRIME ÔÇô SARAH CHAMPION MP
Sarah Champion, Shadow Minister for Preventing Abuse and Domestic Violence, has written to the Government urging them to issue national guidance to transport operators in dealing with hate crime. Last year, Sarah held a number of meetings with community groups, faith leaders and individuals from across South Yorkshire who highlighted the levels of hate crime they were receiving on public transport as well as in supermarkets and other public places.
After writing to South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), it became apparent that due to the wide range of operators, policy on hate crime was varied and ill-equipped to deal with the problem.
ÔÇ£The severity of the hate crime some people are facing on public transport is overwhelming, yet the policies in dealing with it are all too varied due to the sheer number of operators responsible for delivering transport services.
We need centralised guidance on best practice so that all operators respond to hate crime effectively, compassionately and consistently and ensure everyone is able to travel safely, without fear.
I am urging the Government to take decisive action over this issue.ÔÇØ
Sarah made the announcement on Sunday, 7th February, at a community cohesion event at RotherhamÔÇÖs New York Stadium. The event was a follow-up to a Rotherham Community Summit that Sarah led in November last year.
You can read Sarah's letter to the Department for Transport here