An Ontario Liberal backbencher wants the federal and provincial governments to pass stricter laws to prevent violence on public transit.

Mike Colle is proposing a bill that would impose a fine of up to $50,000 for anyone carrying a weapon onto a public transit vehicle.

He’s also asking for a two-year sentence for anyone who commits an act of violence against a transit employee or passenger.

Colle said recent incidents such as Monday’s shooting of a 17-year-old boy on a Toronto transit bus show the violence is spiralling out of control.

“With the recent near-fatal shoving incident at the Dufferin subway station, the armed robberies of the Lawrence West and Yorkdale subway stations, and the shooting at Osgoode subway station, it is clear that it is getting out of hand,” Colle said yesterday.