REDLAND bus users have been told not to panic after a man with a knife threatened and robbed a Cleveland bus driver on Thursday night.
Nobody was injured in the incident which happened just before 7.15pm when the man caught the 274 bus in Passage Street then demanded the cash tin.
He had been waiting at the bus stop with two women who boarded the bus and sat down before the man produced the knife.
Police said the 48-year-old bus driver from Kingston handed over the tin containing $81 before alerting the Veolia bus depot at Capalaba, which contacted police.
The man was captured on the bus's CCTV camera before he fled on foot towards Cleveland.
Wynnum District crime manager Acting Senior Sergeant Peta Jordan urged anyone with information to come forward.
"He was wearing a dark grey hoodie that he used to cover his face. He was also wearing white gloves and long black pants," she said.
Veolia Transport Queensland managing director Colin Jennings called for calm said there had been three "incidents" in the past five years on Veolia buses in Redland.
In 2008, a Veolia bus driver was assaulted in Capalaba and in 2009, a group of youths verbally abused a driver, he said.
"As much as this incident is disconcerting, this is the first time we've had an armed robbery on a bus in Redland," Mr Jennings said.
"But given that we have very few incidents - only three in five years - we don't believe there is the need to replace cameras in the older buses or for people to be concerned," he said.
Mr Jennings said he was satisfied his drivers and the travelling public were safe on Veolia buses and said each bus was fitted with a camera, a GPS tracking device and a "back to base" button to alert the depot.
Transport Minister Scott Emerson vowed to crack down on anti-social behaviour on public transport after the incident and announced a blitz on bus bandits.
Mr Emerson, speaking at the government's inaugural Bus Safety Committee meeting on Friday, said people who broke the law on buses would be caught and punished.
"Regardless of age, if you are caught, you will face the consequences and offenders may face a possible ban from public transport or potentially criminal charges."
However, Mr Emerson confirmed the government's commitment to the "No Child Left Behind" policy, despite some students using it as an excuse not to pay a fare. Anyone who was in Passage Street on Thursday night around 7.15pm should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.