Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Bus driver won't be fired for writing while driving: Does unionization put lives at risk?

A Gatineau, Que., bus driver will not be fired after he was caught on video filling out paperwork as he drove.

The Société de transport de l'Outaouais (STO) representative said the transit service had a meeting with the driver this week to discuss punishment. But STO said he had a good driving history and would not be fired.

The driver became a local YouTube sensation after a passenger shot video of him scribbling away on papers he had rested on a satchel on his lap while driving down Tache Boulevard in Gatineau.

His hands rarely grip the steering wheel during the video's 57 seconds, and on several occasions his hands aren't on the wheel at all.

Since it was posted online July 18, the video has received more than 130,000 hits on YouTube.

Felix Gendron, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union in Gatineau, said the driver's privacy rights were violated. Tuesday, the union asked STO to ban passengers from being able to record drivers, said Gendron.

"I think that the person who makes the video, if they don't like the way the driver's doing that they should go tell the driver. Not go put that on TV," he said. (more)