Editorial: Bus safety – let's not keep waiting

By the Editor, Ottawa Citizen, January 18, 2019

In the week since three people died and 23 were injured in the OC Transpo bus crash, the questions have only sharpened. Who or what was responsible? Could anything have been done to prevent such an accident? And: Is it safe to get back on our buses?

Ottawa’s police chief pledges transparency in his investigation. Somewhat murkier, though, is the question of why past safety recommendations for double-decker buses have been so slow to take effect.

The Transportation Safety Board issued recommendations in 2015 after the crash of an OC Transpo double decker with a Via train in 2013, in which six people died. Among the problems the TSB identified was a lack of standards around “crashworthiness” for such buses.


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