City recognizes accident-free OC Transpo bus operators
Ottawa – Today the City of Ottawa recognized 75 bus operators who have reached 20, 25, 30 and 35+ year accident-free milestones with OC Transpo. The operators were honoured at the annual Safe Driving Awards ceremony, which recognizes long-term commitment and outstanding service in providing customers with safe and reliable bus service.
“Our OC Transpo bus operators cope with everything from traffic congestion to weather challenges on a daily basis,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “The individuals the City is recognizing for accident-free driving can be very proud of the role they play in helping to make our streets safe and I thank them on behalf of all residents of Ottawa.”
“When people choose to let you do the driving, you are committed to get them to their destination in the safest manner possible,” said Councillor Diane Deans, Chair of the Transit Commission. “I would like to congratulate all of our operators for doing their jobs with such skill and care.”
“Protecting our passengers, as well as those not on the bus, is our number one priority” said Alain Mercier, General Manager of Transit Services. “Our accident-free drivers are shining examples of the benefits of training, and safer buses and reflects the attitude of professionalism our employees value.”
This year, one operator is celebrating 39 years, three operators reached 36 years, one operator achieved 35 years, 14 reached 30 years, 17 achieved 25 years, and 39 reached 20 years of accident-free driving. In 2010, OC Transpo had 1,359 operators with an accident-free year, and of those 291 operators have had over 20 years of accident-free driving.
“Safety is what I’m all about. A key part of my job involves constantly scanning the road and anticipating next steps,” said André Bastien, the bus operator recognized for 39 years of safe driving.
To qualify for the Safe Driving Award, operators must spend at least 1,000 accident-free hours on the road every year in all types of weather and traffic conditions. One thousand accident-free hours equates to Ottawa residents driving their car a minimum of 35,000 kilometres on city streets in a year.