Rising numbers of assaults against Edmonton bus drivers have caused city council to consider implementing retractable shields on new buses. The shields would be installed on the air conditioned buses currently being brought in, to protect drivers against physical threats when necessary.
According to a report heading to an upcoming committee meeting, there have been 130 cases of assault against transit operators from 2015-2018.
“We’re finding our operators are getting assaulted more and more,” Mark Tetterington said. Tetterington is the president of the Amalgamated Transit Union, which represents ETS operators.