Question: Would a Hate Crime Charter make you feel more confident and safe to travel on public transport?

Results:

Yes 92% (106 respondents) No 8% (9 respondents)

Your comments: 

“Badly needed for people like me.”

“I’d rather feel safe that I have the right to speak freely as a citizen of this country than be criminalised for it.”

“This is a step in the right direction, however as far as ScotRail is concerned, it feels unlikely that the one member of staff would be around to assist in such an incident.”

“The biggest catalyst for being abused is the wheelchair versus buggy scenario. The driver doesn’t help and if you manage to get on the bus you are verbally abused for asking someone with a buggy to move from the wheelchair space. Many times the driver just doesn’t let you on if a buggy is in the space and very seldom they step in to ask them to move. This causing tension and friction and I have been verbally abused a few times due to this.”

“I was verbally abused by 2 people on the bus for using the wheelchair space in my chair and the bus driver heard this and did nothing. Drivers need to be trained to step in and help and stop people verbally abusing disabled people because we are an easy target.”

“Has to be supported with transport staff involvement and presence.”

“Can a public awareness campaign be used to raise awareness and let people know what is unacceptable and what the penalties are for hate crime please?”

“Yes, but trains and stations need to be staffed to give people confidence that someone is there to help.”