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Graffiti attacks on buses costing Transdev $1 million a year to clean up.Manningham Leader March 19, 2017.A DONCASTER commuter says constant graffiti attacks on Manningham buses aremaking them look the worst he has seen in 35 years of travel.David Robertson's complaint comes as bus operator Transdev, which servicesManningham and other parts of Melbourne, revealed it spent more than $1million a year removing graffiti from its fleet.A Transdev bus covered in graffiti. Picture: Kylie Else.And with nearly half its buses housed at the Doncaster depot, its managingdirector Harry Wijers said its mobile graffiti response team was revisingits strategy to deal with the problem.Mr Robertson, a Public Transport Users Association member, said he had seengraffiti and grime on nearly every bus he had travelled on in the past 12months during his daily weekday commute to the city."I've been using the system in Manningham heading to the city for a longtime and I've never seen it like it is," he said."Every bus has some sort of graffiti on it or you can see the remnants oftrying to clean it off."Drivers who see vandals in action are powerless to act. Picture: Kylie ElseMr Wijers said graffiti was "a huge issue" for the company, with about 80per cent of its fleet vandalised at any given time.Transdev has 505 buses in its fleet, with 210 stationed at its Doncasterdepot."Basically, as soon as it's cleaned off, it reappears," he said."Even if a driver sees someone vandalising their bus, there is very littlethey can do about it."Constant attacks on the buses mean they have to be deep cleaned once amonth. Picture: Kylie Else.Mr Wijers said staff cleaned graffiti off buses daily.He said all buses had to be deep cleaned once a month and some required arepaint or a respray, costing $5000 each time.Mr Wijers said the company had CCTV on its buses to try and identifyoffenders and was also trialling different paint surfaces and interiors todeter taggers.Transdev spokeswoman Kate Rasmussen said drivers were not supposed to leavetheir seats to engage with vandals but reported graffiti at the end of theirshifts. They could also alert TransDev's operations team to any incidentsvia internal radio, who then referred the matter to police..A Victoria Police Media spokesman said Manningham Crime Investigation Unitand Transit Police did not have any recent reports of graffiti on buses.Graffiti vandals spray last Hitachi train.<www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/east/graffiti-attacks-on-buses-costing-transdev-1-million-a-year-to-clean-up/news-story/0b516bb34e0a4256f0a8a26e7b0b9409>with four photos, mainly tags on walls and seat backs, plus scratchedwindows.