ASLEF welcomes tougher restrictions on laser pens

09 January 2018

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has welcomed government plans for tougher restrictions on the import of high-powered laser pens which have been used in attacks on trains and planes.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has announced it will clamp down on laser pointers following a call for evidence into the issues they cause for pilots and train drivers.

‘Lasers being deliberately and maliciously shone at trains and aircraft has been an issue for us for many years, as well as for others in the transport sector’ said Mick. ASLEF has been campaigning for stronger control over the sale of these pens, as well as higher penalties for offenders. 

‘It’s good to see that the government is taking this issue seriously. The DfT recently announced the introduction of tougher laws for those who shine lasers maliciously and tougher restrictions on importation should, we hope, prevent them reaching the hands of those with ill-intentions in the first place.

‘Shining a laser at a train or plane is not just extremely stupid but extremely dangerous. It can cause a crash which could prove fatal to train drivers, pilots, passengers and passers-by too.’

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