Published Thursday, 22 August 2013
Metro buses could be withdrawn over attacks, according to the drivers' union. (© UTV)
The latest incidents to cause concern both happened on Wednesday night, in north and west Belfast.
"We will not tolerate needless attacks on drivers," Michael Dornan, chair of the union Unite's bus committee at Translink, said.
Shortly before 9pm, a car was in collision with a bus on the Suffolk Road in the west of the city.
According to police, a blue car thought to have been involved was later abandoned at Falcarragh Drive by two males and a female.
The union Unite says the bus driver suffered a serious hand injury, while passengers were also hurt.
Our members are outraged at these latest attacks on our colleagues who were out providing a service for the communities they were attacked in.
Michael Dornan, Unite
The second incident, reported to police at about 9pm, saw man armed with a knife board a bus near Forthriver Road in north Belfast and demand money before making off with a cash box.
While the driver was not physically harmed, he was left badly shaken by the ordeal.
"If the community leaders from those areas cannot provide us with assurances of our safety while serving the people of that community, then we will pull back from that area," Mr Dornan said.
"Or any area that cannot control this needless antisocial behaviour, as someone could have been very seriously injured last night."
Police are investigating both incidents and have appealed for witnesses to contact them.
© UTV News