The family of the bus driver killed in Moorooka last year, has met with Premier Palaszczuk.

And joined a rally seeking better rights for all drivers.

Annalise Pennisi reports.


Crowd: “We stand for Manmeet, we stand for …”

Emotions ran raw outside the Magistrates Court, as dozens gathered to honour the life of Manmeet Sharma.

The 29 year old bus driver was horrifically burnt to death in October 2016.

A close friend spoke on behalf of the Sharma family.

Winnerjit Singh, Family friend:”The toughest time in the life of a person, when he buries a body, the dead body of his son. That’s the worst time, we feel that.”

Members of the Queensland Rail, Tram and Bus Union came to support the fight.

They say all drivers are working under increasing risk.

Tom Brown, Assistant State Secretary, Queensland Rail, Tram and Bus Union: “This is not an isolated incident at all. It’s a weekly thing and it’s a daily thing for drivers. They’re out there every day, every night copping abuse and that abuse easily escalates into physical violence.”

The Sharmas plan to continue their fight for justice.

Winnerjit Singh, Family friend: “We are fighting for community. We are fighting for humanity. We are fighting here. We are standing here because we lost our boy.”

In terms of the ongoing case, the matter has been adjourned until January 11, 2018.

Annalise Pennisi, QUT News.