Bus

Cleveland RTA bans employees cell phone use

Posted on September 21, 2009

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) on Friday, implemented a policy prohibiting all employees from having a cell phone on their person while operating a bus or train.

The prohibition includes cell phones, smart phones, personal digital assistants such as BlackBerry devices, electronic music devices, wireless headsets or any other electronic communication or listening device.

“The use of cell phones and other similar devices is a growing problem, both nationally and here at home,” says Michael York, RTA’s Deputy General Manager of Operations. “It is a safety violation that we can neither tolerate nor afford.”

While on duty, operators must keep cell phones and other devices separate from their person, according to a statement issued by the RTA. They can be stored on-board in personal bags or purses. This reduces the temptation to respond to a phone call or check a text message.

Cell phones can only be used when the operator is on layover, the vehicle is stopped, the parking brake is set, and they have left the driver’s seat. The same rules apply if an operator has to use a personal cell phone to contact a dispatcher.

York says the policy carries a “zero tolerance.” Employees will be terminated for a first offense, if the cell phone use is witnessed by another RTA employee or supervisor, or photographic or video documentation is provided by a customer.

For years, RTA has prohibited cell phone use by bus and rail operators. The policy has been updated and strengthened several times, as the popularity of cell phones grew.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Gillig moves into upgraded HQ in Livermore, Calif.

The 127-year-old business, which operated out of Hayward for more than 80 years, will celebrate its grand opening on June 1.

Alexander Dennis begins Switzerland double-decker bus deliveries

The vehicles ordered for Eastern Switzerland are based on the company's Enviro500 standard model, but the company has adapted them to PostBus’s needs and Swiss regulations.

MCI delivers Commuter Coaches, J4500s to Texas, Canada

The first five Woodlands Township MCI Commuter Coaches were delivered in December of 2015, followed by 10 more coaches in March 2016, while Banff's Brewster Travel Canada has added 20 J4500s in 2016 and 2017.

ARBOC produces Spirit of Liberty buses for Fla. agency

Martin County intends to use these buses on their Commuter Service to Palm Beach County.

Thomas Built Buses announces new DPF temperature stabilization

This new feature optimizes the regenerative parameters of engines, improving engine performance and enhancing the frequency of active regeneration.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close