News You Can Use: Transit Boss Warns Drivers on Distractions
The new chief executive officer (CEO) of the Toronto Transit Commission has warned bus and subway drivers that he will not tolerate them engaging in distractions such as texting or reading while operating buses or trains.
Andy Byford was reacting to a number of reports of distracted transit drivers. In a letter to workers, he said he will not protect drivers who are caught driving while distracted.
“A small minority of staff continue to wreck all of our reputations. To them I say: ‘I will not back you. In fact, I will expect you to face the consequences of your actions, especially if you put customers’ safety at risk,’” reads one part of
Disciplinary actions for drivers caught engaging in distractions range from suspension through dismissal.
Bob Kinnear, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union local 113, called the letter proactive, saying it clearly states management’s expectations.