Victoria bus drivers balk at route announcements

Union calls new rule “dangerous” and a threat to public safety

  • Apr. 11, 2014 6:00 a.m.

Victoria bus drivers will fight a plan by B.C. Transit ordering them to announce all bus stops.

Unifor Local 333 is asking the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles to overrule B.C. Transit, calling the plan “dangerous” and a threat to public safety.

“We can’t believe B.C. Transit doesn’t get that a bus driver with dozens of passengers navigating heavy traffic through intersections should also be forced to use an antiquated, hand-held microphone to call out stops,” said Ben Williams,  Unifor Local 333 president.

“This is dangerous, this is distracted driving and it puts the lives of our drivers, their passengers and the public at great risk.”

B.C. Transit made the new rule to accommodate visually impaired passengers.

The changes take effect April 22.