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Now it's payback for bad behaviour on the buses

PUBLISHED: 13:18 15 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:30 25 August 2010

A PAYBACK scheme to tackle anti-social behaviour on buses should be piloted in south east London, a politician has claimed.

A PAYBACK scheme to tackle anti-social behaviour on buses should be piloted in south east London, a politician has claimed.

Councillor Katie Perrior wants Bexley to be the first borough to confiscate Oyster travel cards from youths who misbehave on public transport.

The Payback London scheme was a part of Boris Johnson's manifesto pledge in 2008 and would require offenders to perform community work to earn back their free travel card.

The Community Affairs councillor said: "What we learnt from the Boris campaign was that a lot of people feel intimidated at certain times on the buses, often due to school children.

"Those that are badly behaved have no incentive to behave themselves because their travel is seen as a right and not a privilege.

"Our residents young and old have a right to travel on the bus without bad behaviour."

The councillor suggested police should be used to support the scheme, whilst four hours painting a public facility could be a suitable task for misbehaving youths.

She said: "It would be a visual thing, but the details need to be ironed out.

"It should show that you can't get away with bad behaviour, but I don't want it to be completely about punishment, but more of a fair exchange.

"If you misbehave, you lose the card. If you make up for it one afternoon, you get it back."

On Tuesday the government launched a website to allow people to suggest how community punishment handed down by the courts could be used in their neighbourhood.

Last year some six million hours of unpaid work were ordered by courts whilst offenders were controversially made to wear high-visibility jackets.

Mrs Perrior admitted that no young people had been consulted on the Payback London scheme.

She added: "I think the majority of them want to travel in safety and free of intimidation. When we ask them what they want they say more stop and search."

Deputy London Mayor Kit Malthouse said he expects a response to the proposal in May.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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