Boris Johnson has unveiled pans to force under-18’s who have their Oyster cards withdrawn for disruptive and anti-social behaviour to participate in Community Service if they want to regain their pass.
Speaking today Mr Johnson said his visits to London’s boroughs had shown him “there is one thing that continues to stand out in every area, whether Hillingdon or Harrow, Edmonton or Enfield – and that is the abuse of free travel by a minority of young people on our buses. It is unacceptable that in some parts of London, buses are intimidating places.”
“Under a Johnson Mayoralty, the passes will be taken away and only given back when community service has taken place. I will end the something-for-nothing society culture for those who abuse it.”
“Cracking down on anti-social behaviour helps ensure that young people understand bad behaviour will not be tolerated, and will help promote civility on our streets and public transport.”
The Conservative Mayoral candidate used today’s announcement to back the concept of free travel for under-18′ which his campaign says has provided welcome financial relief to parents across London.
“While the concept of free travel for teenagers has been a good thing, Mayor Livingstone has shown he has lost touch in failing to tackle those who abuse this privilege.”