Bus

Canadian officials call for increased driver safety laws

Posted on June 19, 2014

Photo courtesy Jelo Gutiuerrez Cantos
Photo courtesy Jelo Gutiuerrez Cantos
Representatives of the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) appeared before the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Wednesday to testify in support of Bill S-221, an act to amend the criminal code regarding assaults against public transit operators.

CUTA, together with representatives from the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), Unifor, and the City of Ottawa, emphasized the importance of consistent and appropriate sentencing for those who commit assaults against transit operators.

With over 2,000 assaults per year nationwide, an average of five per day, driver assaults is clearly a concern, not only for transit systems in protecting their employees, but a wider concern for public safety, said CUTA officials.

"Our stats show that in 2012, nearly 80% of crimes against transit employees occurred on in vehicles" said Patrick Leclerc, VP, strategic development, at CUTA, who spoke at to the Senate Committee. "Multiply the number of incidents by the number of passengers boarding transit systems every year, and you quickly understand the real risk and threat these assaults represent in terms of public safety."

Predictable sentencing and penalties for those who commit assaults against transit operators would be an added tool for transit agencies in their efforts towards protecting employees and the Canadian public. "CUTA and our members are also working diligently to put in place other preventive security measures" Leclerc mentioned, referring to closed circuit television cameras and increased security personnel as examples.

The issue has been at the forefront of CUTA's efforts to support and represent the transit industry and its members, which include nearly all transit systems across Canada.

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

More News

Big Blue Bus making real-time signs, lighting, and Wi-Fi upgrades

The advancements are underway and expected to be completed by mid-2019.

SEPTA exercises options for more New Flyer hybrid-electric buses

Purchase supports agency’s program, focused on achieving sustainability through a “triple-bottom-line” approach.

StarMetro orders Proterra battery-electric buses to serve FSU

One of the first universities in the U.S. to decommission entire fossil-fuel-powered fleet and upgrade to a 100% battery-electric fleet.

ARBOC Specialty Vehicles lands Florida statewide contract

Will be delivered by, the company’s largest U.S. dealer, Creative Bus Sales Inc. of Jacksonville, Florida.

CCW to furnish, install nearly 500 bike racks on OCTA buses

Upgrading to a three-position bike rack allows agencies to enhance their existing mounting systems without expense of replacement.

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