Win­nipeg eyes safety bar­ri­ers for bus driv­ers

Cape Breton Post - - Canada -

WIN­NIPEG — Win­nipeg Tran­sit is propos­ing a pi­lot project to test safety bar­ri­ers for bus driv­ers fol­low­ing the killing of one of its em­ploy­ees. Driver Irvine Jubal Fraser was stabbed to death in Fe­bru­ary when he tried to re­move a sleep­ing pas­sen­ger from the bus.

A city coun­cil com­mit­tee is to con­sider the rec­om­men­da­tion along with other ideas to im­prove safety, in­clud­ing a pro­posal to en­cour­age pas­sen­gers to re­port bad be­hav­iour on buses.

The city says the rec­om­men­da­tions are based on talks that were held with Win­nipeg Tran­sit em­ploy­ees, the Amal­ga­mated Tran­sit Union and po­lice. The union has said most driver as­saults are over un­paid fares, and it would like a sys­tem in which driv­ers are not re­quired to en­sure that pas­sen­gers pay.

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