Friday, February 4, 2011

Texting & Driving City Buses? Two Toronto Bus Drivers Fired & an Ottawa Bus Driver Caught on Camera

Are you writing an email or text while driving? Apparently it's a growing trend with bus drivers in cities across Ontario. Last week two TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) drivers were caught and later fired for texting while on duty. This week images of Ottawa OC Transpo drivers have appeared. They were filmed while driving and using their devices. We are all aware this is a public safety hazard, and now an investigation is underway.

Ontario has banned the use of hand-held devices since October 2009, while OC Transpo first started enforcing this among their drivers in 2004. A statement from OC Transpo reports, "Individuals who do not follow OC Transpo policies and provincial law will face disciplinary measures, up to and including dismissal. OC Transpo operators are permitted to use mobile devices while stopped at rest stops and when the vehicle is parked at a safe location and not in operation. Texting while driving is not tolerated."

It has been made quite clear to bus operators that if they are caught using their mobile device and driving, they will more than likely be fired. Remember drivers, you are in the public eye, and anything you do will be seen, and probably reported. Almost everyone has cameras on their phones these days, so you could be the next caught on film.

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