Sunday 22 October 2017

Heart-stopping moment a man 'bus-surfing' through Dublin rush hour traffic is caught on camera

Sasha Brady and Mark McConville

This is the moment a man with rollerblades hitched a ride through rush hour traffic in Dublin by holding on to the back of a moving double decker bus.

As the 38A pulled away from its stop on O'Connell Street at approximately 5.45pm on Monday, a man wearing rollerbaldes was spotted grabbing on to the back of the bus.

The shocking footage was captured by commuter Ciaran Farrelly (26) as he returned home from work on Monday.

Ciaran, who is originally from Drogheda but lives in Santry, said he was shocked when he saw the rollerblader suddenly cling on to the back of the moving bus.

"I saw two lads hovering around the back of the bus. One of them grabbed on, it seemed mental," he told Independent.ie.

"It was like something from a video game. The guy seemed so chilled, looking around at the traffic and busses... not a care in the world."

He added: "The bus drivers weren't happy, as you can tell from the beeps, but the onlookers were enjoying it."

Ciaran said the 'bus-surfing' incident lasted for at least 20 seconds and the man eventually let go of the bus once it reached the Spire.

A Dublin Bus spokesperson said that the incident has been reported to the gardai.

"Dublin Bus is aware of these types of incidents and has reported such to An Garda Síochána.

"These are extremely dangerous actions which could result in serious injury and Dublin Bus strongly discourages anyone from partaking in such reckless behaviour."

In recent months, Dublin Bus drivers have had to deal with a rise in this dangerous new trend known as 'scutting', in which people cling to the back of vehicles to hitch a ride.

It has become a particular problem on the Finglas and Tallaght routes since the redesign of the SG Dublin Bus model in 2014, which has facilitated access to the back of the bus.

Some Dublin Bus routes through Tallaght, including the 77a, 65b and 27, have been suspended after 6pm due to the rise in 'scutting' and other anti-social behaviour.

Fianna Fáil South Dublin County Councillor, Charlie O’Connor has said these behaviours pose a serious threat to the culprits, passengers and bus drivers.

In a statement released last week, he said: “‘Scutting’ as it is seemingly known, is a new trend that encourages people to cling to the back of a bus. It is not hard to imagine the danger and probability for a serious accident to happen”. 

Mr O'Connor, who is also a member of Dublin Bus / Luas Community Forum, said that it's a "terrible shame that regular commuters and bus users are unable to enjoy the new model of bus which has been rolled out by Dublin Bus over the past number of months.” 

He added that “Dublin Bus provides an essential service to so many and a zero tolerance approach must be taken to challenge the culprits and combat incidents of public disorder on bus routes."

The entire Dublin Bus fleet is fully fitted with CCTV cameras with up to eight internal cameras and two external cameras fitted on the more modern vehicles in the fleet.

Each Dublin Bus depot has a designated staff member whose principal task is to monitor and maintain these cameras.

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