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Bus drivers rally over mate's fiery death

AAP logoAAP 18/12/2016 Tracey Ferrier

Brisbane bus driver Manmeet Alisher. © AAP Image/Facebook Brisbane bus driver Manmeet Alisher. Bus drivers will rally in Brisbane today calling for urgent action to keep them safe after a fiery attack that killed a colleague as he sat behind the wheel.

Anthony O'Donohue is facing a murder charge after he allegedly threw an incendiary device Manmeet Alisher, also known as Manmeet Sharma.

The Brisbane City Council bus driver, who was just 29 and was due to be married, was attacked after he stopped to pick up passengers at Moorooka in October.

The Rail Tram and Bus Union says the council must immediately beef up security, including putting more authorised officers and security guards on council buses.

The union also wants a state government review of bus safety completed quickly, and any recommendations enacted immediately.

"It will be risking another tragedy if drivers and the public have to wait months for a report and any real action," RTBU Assistant State Secretary Tom Brown said on Monday.

He said safety measures could include remodelling buses so they have safety capsules to protect drivers.

Bus drivers continued to face violence on the job, Mr Brown said, citing an alleged attack by a cyclist on a bus driver last month.

Drivers will rally at Reddacliff Place in George Street in the CBD from 11am (AEST).

The government ordered the bus safety review about a month before Mr Alisher was killed, citing an unacceptably high rate of attacks on drivers.

After the death, Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe ordered the review be fast tracked, and its report handed to the government has soon as possible.

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