Monitors to stay on OC Transpo double-deckers despite federal report

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Monitors to stay on OC Transpo double-deckers despite federal report

Labour Program investigator recommended switching off potentially distracting overhead screens.

More than three years after an OC Transpo bus crashed into a passenger train in Barrhaven, killing six, some federal recommendations aimed at making Ottawa’s fleet of double-deckers less distracting for drivers have not been acted upon.

In a report sent to the city in February, an inspector with the Employment and Social Development Canada’s Labour Program wrote that “there are still corrective and preventative measures, employee training and an evaluation program that have yet to be completed.”

The report’s recommendations include:

  • Turning off overhead monitors that give drivers a view of the upper level of double-decker buses, but require them to look up from the road.
  • Integrating an advance warning signal at OC Transpo’s Fallowfield station with Via Rail’s own warning system, to let drivers know when a train is coming toward the Transitway crossing. Currently, the advance light flashes constantly.
  • Further training for drivers about assessing potential hazards at level crossings.

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