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Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

Whereas:
  • Transit buses used in North America are decades behind global design and safety standards, endangering the health, safety, and lives of operators, riders, and pedestrians;
  • Most transit buses on the road in North America have unsafe window pillar designs and hazardously-placed mirrors, which create blind spots that have resulted in collisions in which pedestrians and others have been killed or injured;
  • Assaults on operators often escalate to serious injury or death due to poorly-secured or unsecured workstations;
  • Poor bus suspension and seating lead to back pain and debilitating conditions for operators as well as compromise passenger comfort; and
  • Transit worker is already classified as the least healthy job due to primitive controls including steering, pedals and other controls cause extreme rates of occupational injury and disability.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to require that transit agencies and manufacturers make our buses safe for operators and passengers by adopting well-tested solutions, including:
1. Protective barriers that can be quickly raised or lowered by an operator, that do not obscure the operator’s view, and that do not block ventilation from the driver’s workstation;
2. Unobstructed views for bus operators that include open windshields, minimal A-pillars, and mirrors that don’t obscure an operator’s vision;
3. Workstations that include ergonomic seating, intelligent steering, adjustable pedals, and a dashboard and steering wheel that both telescope and tilt; and
4. Workstations that are free of pests.

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