Coronavirus: BC bus driver annoyed with lack of masks enforcement


An Okanagan bus driver has had sufficient of riders not following the province-wide necessary masks coverage.

An emotional plea was made by Kelowna bus driver Les Biggar.

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“We have to park the bus till (the federal government) mandates it, as a result of that is our lives, our households, our co-workers. Get up,” Biggar informed International Information on Saturday.

He’s fed up with passengers not complying with BC Transit’s necessary masks coverage.

“They’re nonetheless not carrying a masks,” Biggar stated. 

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“If you cease them on the door they usually put it on — they’re not pleased and as quickly as they get by you, they take it off.”

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The Okanagan bus operator believes extra energy needs to be given to bus drivers to implement the necessary masks coverage.

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He says if bus drivers can get the authority to implement the coverage, it may forestall aggressive and even violent conditions from taking place.

There have been such incidents within the province: a fight in Surrey broke out in September when one passenger requested one other to put on a masks, and there was a spitting and shoving episode in Vancouver in October when one passenger reportedly additionally requested one other to cowl up.

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BC Transit did provide a press release on enforcement of the coverage stemming from Thursday’s provincial well being order which mandates masks in all indoor public areas.

The company famous there are medical exceptions to the coverage and that “transit supervisors and managers will now have authority to implement compliance with the help of native authorities.” 

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Most individuals that International Information spoke with agreed that bus drivers ought to have the authority to implement the coverage.

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“I imagine they need to have that energy, they need to have the suitable to do this. They’re placing their lives in jeopardy and their working a service to the general public,” Kelowna resident Mike Taylor stated. 

“You realize while you’re on the bus there’s individuals coughing, sneezing. Why shouldn’t he have the authority to police his personal bus,” Kelowna resident Wendy Letwinetz stated. 


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