Canadian Urban Transit Association

Canadian Urban Transit Association

February 25, 2015 15:35 ET

New Law Protecting Bus Drivers - A Big Win for the Transit Industry

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 25, 2015) - The Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) is pleased to announce that Bill S-221, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (assaults on public transit operators) will receive Royal Assent today, and the law will come into effect immediately. The bill will improve consistency in sentencing for offenders who assault public transit operators, and discourage would-be assailants.

"Bill S-221 represents the fruition of many years of hard work by CUTA," Michael Roschlau, CUTA's President and CEO said. "Protecting our transit service providers and operators is a priority for the industry. We have been diligently collecting statistics on incidences of assault and harassment, and knew that legislative action would be required."

"We would like to formally thank Senator Robert Runciman. This piece of legislation would only be a fleeting ambition if not for his dedication and statesmanship" Roschlau said. "We are very grateful to consider Senator Runciman our friend and ally."

About CUTA

CUTA is the collective and influential voice of public transportation in Canada, dedicated to being at the centre of urban mobility issues with all orders of government, and delivering the highest value to its members and the communities they serve. CUTA is the national association representing public transit systems, suppliers to the industry, government agencies, individuals and related organizations in Canada.

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