Senator Bob Runciman’s bill (Bill S-221) to protect public transit operators received Royal Assent yesterday and the law came into effect immediately.
“Providing a safe public transit service for both riders and bus operators is a priority for Brampton Transit,” said Regional Councillor Grant Gibson, Community and Public Services Committee Chair. “One assault is too many. City Council proudly applauds this new legislation to protect our front-line staff and Amalgamated Transit Union members.”
The new law complements the safety practices and programs currently in place by the City of Brampton and staff at Brampton Transit. Currently, each bus in Brampton’s fleet is equipped with CCTV cameras and operators are trained in conflict resolution.
“Ongoing assaults on transit operators across North America have motivated transit management and union leaders to unite in an effort to reduce the severity and, where possible, the occurrence of assaults against transit operators,” said Sue Connor, Executive Director of Transit. “As part of our own ongoing review of safety and security, our current testing of bus operator safety shields is another safety measure that may enhance passenger safety and protect our operators from violence.”
Find more information about Brampton Transit’s safety and security initiatives at www.bramptontransit.com
About Brampton: The ninth-largest city in Canada, Brampton celebrates a diverse population that represents people from 209 distinct ethnic backgrounds who speak 89 different languages. Brampton residents and visitors have access to state-of-the-art recreation facilities and one of the fastest-growing transit systems in Canada. Opened in 2007, Brampton Civic Hospital is part of the William Osler Health System, which is one of the largest community hospitals in Canada. For more information, visit www.brampton.ca or follow @CityBrampton on Twitter.
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