Transport for London (TfL) staff will be allowed to take cases of persistent anti-social behaviour direct to court so magistrates can issue anti-social behaviour orders (Asbos) against offending individuals.
The crackdown is part of the government’s plans for the 2012 London Olympics and is intended to cut crime and boost safety levels across the capital’s transport network.
Home Office minister, Tony McNulty, said offensive behaviour was a continual problem for both staff and passengers.
“These new powers for TfL demonstrate our commitment to using Asbos to tackle nuisance behaviour on London’s buses, boats, trains and trams, providing passengers and staff with an added level of assurance about their safety,” he said.
The measure is part of the Building on Success: London’s Challenge for 2012 report and will be implemented this summer.