In the first policy announcement of his mayoral term, London’s newly elected Boris Johnson has banned the consumption of alcohol on all public transport — including buses and trains — in the capital city beginning June 1. The ordinance is criticized by many transport unions, which foresee serious problems in its enforcement.

The Guardian:

Boris Johnson, the new London mayor, made his first policy announcement today – banning the consumption of alcohol on all public transport in the capital from June 1.

However, the move immediately drew criticism from transport unions claiming the policy could endanger transport staff.

From next month anyone found drinking or carrying open alcohol containers on any of London’s buses, tube trains, trams or the Docklands Light Railway is liable to be ejected. If the offender resists, the British Transport police can be called to help remove them.

But transport unions say they were not consulted on the ban or its enforcement and it is their members who will be put in the firing line.

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