With the bus strike now over I want to raise a couple of issues regarding buses that may otherwise have been lost in the strike debate.
On the 11th October, it was reported that CCTV surveillance cameras will be introduced on the new buses at the behest of the States of Jersey. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-jersey-19909592
I am not aware there has been a spate of on bus crime to prompt this. More worryingly there appears, that I am aware, no debate on the implications of this move. Perhaps the States think it only affects the poor and a few idealist environmentalists who actually use the buses, and they are not worthy of having their civil liberties considered?
So what is the rationale for this move? Who is viewing the tapes, and how are they and the tapes managed? How long are they kept, and who has access to them? Has our ever vigilant Data Protection Registrar anything to say on the implications of this when individuals are identifiable?
My second point arises from a recent visit to Les Quennevais school. It seems the school buses leave ten minutes after the end of the normal school day. What's wrong with that? At secondary school there are numerous very beneficial after school activities in which students are encouraged to participate. How do those dependent on the buses do that if the buses leave immediately after standard hours? It seems to me if the buses left at say quarter past four everyone would have some opportunity to partake of the out of hours activities. Even if students did not want to take up the activities, they could use the extra time to use the computer facilities and library to do their homework. A benefit surely to those who don't have access at home. It seems to me to be a generally better option for almost all, so why not change the afternoon school bus times?