The Newcastle light rail has become a recognisable fixture in the city but its operator, Keolis Downer, says tram drivers and operational controllers are frequently coming across motorists and pedestrians in dangerous near-misses and unsafe encounters.
The lack of awareness for road users and pedestrians is concerning, Hunter general manager Mark Dunlop said.
Keolis Downer released new CCTV footage this week showing a number of near misses, including in two separate instances a skateboarder and scooter rider clinging to a moving tram as it left the stop.
"Every day there are close calls on the network whether it is a motorist running a red light at Stewart Avenue or Steel Street or a pedestrian stepping out in front of an approaching tram," Mr Dunlop said.
"Our tram drivers do an exceptional job of anticipating the behaviour of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. Particularly as trams take longer to stop than other heavy vehicles such as buses and trucks and can't swerve to avoid a collision.
"Forcing a tram to make a sudden stop doesn't just put the tram driver, motorist, cyclist or pedestrian in danger, using the emergency brake has a flow on effect for all customers on board."
Keolis Downer has urged road users to follow the road rules and to be cautious when driving, walking or cycling around the light rail.
"For pedestrians, be alert to your surroundings by taking your headphones off and putting your phone in your pocket, cross at the designated pedestrian crossings and only cross when the light is green," Mr Dunlop said.
"Cyclists should always keep a safe distance from trams and not ride along the tram tracks."