Bus

TriMet honors safe drivers

Posted on October 12, 2011

The TriMet board of directors will meet the latest bus operator to achieve a Million Miles of Safety. Dwight Botel joins the ranks of 12 other operators who have driven a million miles safely. It takes at least 30 years to reach this milestone, and operators must earn a National Safety Council Safe Driver Award every year.

"This is a tremendous accomplishment, especially given the dynamic and challenging environment our operators deal with every day," said Shelly Lomax, TriMet executive director of operations. "It's truly a testament to our commitment to safety."

Botel, 58, has worked for TriMet for 31 years.

During his 31 years at TriMet, Botel has driven the equivalent of 182,000 one-way trips on Line 25-Glisan/Rockwood; 15,000 round trips on the Blue Line; or two trips to the moon and back.

His son, Blaine Botel, is also a TriMet bus operator, and the two were featured in a Father's Day story on TriMet's website.

A Million Miles of Safety is TriMet's designation for those employees who have earned 30 or more Safe Driver Awards. A professional driver earns one Safe Driver Award for each year (1,960 hours) without an accident deemed preventable. The National Safety Council defines "a preventable collision" as "one in which the driver failed to do everything that reasonably could have been done to avoid it."

KC Rogers was also inducted into the Million Miles of Safety club this year. Others include bus operator Rolynd Puckett, 2011 Bus Operator of the Year; and Cynthia Kassab, 2006 Bus Operator of the Year.

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

More News

Forest River returns to BusCon 2018 as Platinum Sponsor

The company will mark its return with a nearly 7,000 square-foot booth, showcasing a range of vehicles suitable for a variety of public and private sector transportation providers.

NYCT orders 108 Xcelsior 60-foot New Flyer buses

The order adds 216 equivalent units to New Flyers firm order backlog.

KCATA lands Small Starts grant for MAX line

The new Prospect MAX will feature interactive kiosks with real-time arrival information, public Wi-Fi, ticket vending machines, level boarding platforms, and reduced travel times.

Wash.'s Community Transit BRT line lands $43.2M grant

The Green Line will connect major employment and residential centers, including Canyon Park, Paine Field, and Mill Creek Town Center.

Apply now for METRO's 2018 Innovative Solutions Awards

Applications can be submitted either by the operation or the solutions provider and will be judged by our BusCon Advisory Board, with winners recognized at BusCon’s Award Breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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