An experienced Sydney bus driver has been sacked after CCTV footage showed him pushing a female passenger off the bus.
The footage shows Laurence Murphy, a bus driver for 22 years, shove the
passenger onto the footpath before closing the doors and driving off,
leaving her to walk home alone at around 4am.
In a Nine News investigation it has been revealed the driver had racked
up 44 official complaints over 10 years, including poor behaviour and
driving, running early, driving past waiting passengers and even causing
After claiming to have been spat on, punched and had eggs thrown at him,
Mr Murphy claims the assault was a "knee-jerk" after thinking he was
But NSW Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian said there was no excuse
for the attack and that sacking Mr Murphy was the right course of
"The vision is appalling and I think anyone who says the vision will
think it's appalling and that's why I was relieved to know swift action
was taken," she said.
"The driver was suspended immediately and once the matter was
investigated properly his licence was cancelled as far as the STA is
Ms Berejiklian is confident other drivers aren't inflicting the same
kind of torment on passengers in Sydney and thinks incidents like this
paint a bad picture of transport workers in Sydney.
"The vast majority of bus drivers do a great job, they do the right thing," she said.
Mr Murphy lost an appeal over his sacking.
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