Monday, October 07, 2019

PRIVATE bus operators in Co Kildare are being urged to sign up to a voluntary ban on alcohol and substances on their vehicles when transporting passengers to and from under 18 events.

The No Alcohol or Substances Allowed (NASA) is a new initiative supported by Kildare Joint Policing committee in conjunction with the Safer Communities Alcohol group of the South Western Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force (SWRDATF). The initiative aims to ensure that young people travelling to under 18 events are doing so in a safe, and alcohol free manner.

Private bus companies are asked to sign up to the NASA Voluntary Code of Conduct, which commits to a zero tolerance policy of alcohol on board while transporting passengers to and from under 18s events. – If a passenger is intoxicated, suspected of being intoxicated, has been observed drinking alcohol or seen with alcohol, entry onto bus will be refused and parents/carers/Gardai will be contacted. If a passenger becomes intoxicated while on board or is seen with alcohol parents/carers/Gardai will be contacted

Cathaoirleach Suzanne Doyle, Cllr Fintan Brett (Chairman JPC), Teresa Murray (Chair of SWRDA Drugs & Alcohol Task Force), Sgt Gavin Dunphy (Community Policing Kildare Co.Council) and Cllr Chris Pender (Chair of Drugs & Litter Initiative) at the launch of NASA

Sgt: Gavin Dunphy has engaged with Bus Companies in County Kildare with the assistance of  J.F. Dunne Insurances Ltd who have taken a lead in promoting the project through their extensive knowledge of the bus and coach sector with over 40 years of service to the industry in insurance and risk management provision. The Bus Companies that are operating the NASA Voluntary Code are issued with stickers which will be displayed on their buses. The list of participating companies to date include: Tom Cross Coach Hire, Sallins, Naas; O’Neills Coaches, Allenwood North andKevin Collins, Bus Hire, Rathangan .

The launch of the initiative comes just in time for the release of Junior Certificate results next week Friday 4 October and and parents and groups organising function are being urged to look out for the NASA sticker on your local bus and support those company w that are working to safeguard young people who are travelling to under 18 events throughout the county. Further information is available by contacting SWRDATF Safer Communities on 045 875111. Any bus companies that would like to get involved contact Carlos Dunne, J.F. Dunne Insurances Ltd 045 878500.

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