OC Transpo implements corrective measures for persons with disabilities



    OTTAWA, Nov. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, the Canadian Transportation Agency
issued a final Decision No. 610-AT-MV-2007 concerning the failure of OC
Transpo drivers to call out major or requested stops for persons with
disabilities.
    The Decision confirmed that OC Transpo did not object to implementing the
corrective measures proposed in the Agency's interim Decision No.
200-AT-MV-2007, dated April 25, 2007.
    OC Transpo has confirmed to the Canadian Transportation Agency that it
has already implemented most of the corrective measures. On the basis that OC
Transpo will implement, within a reasonable timeframe, its plan for ensuring
compliance and monitoring of its policy for the calling out major and
requested stops, the Agency is satisfied that OC Transpo has adequately
addressed the corrective measures.
    The measures as outlined in the Agency's decision are as follows:

    
    - Modify its policy handbook referred to by its drivers to clearly state
      that major and requested stops must always be called out.
    - Modify its policy to require that its drivers consistently use, where
      available, a public address system to announce major and/or requested
      stops; and to specifically set out the alternatives to ensure that
      operator announcements are clearly heard by the person in cases where a
      public address system is not used.
    - Ensure that the Global Positioning System is always activated once
      installed.
    - Incorporate into its training program situations dealing with
      difficulties that are experienced by persons with visual impairments
      when major or requested stops are not called out.
    - Monitor compliance with OC Transpo's policy.
    

    The Canadian Transportation Agency is an independent quasi-judicial
tribunal which operates like a court to render decisions on a case-by-case
basis. The Agency's jurisdiction with respect to persons with disabilities is
stated in Part V of the Canada Transportation Act, which is to ensure that
persons with disabilities have proper access to effective transportation
service. The Agency makes decisions and orders to eliminate undue obstacles,
as part of its mandate, to the mobility of persons with disabilities in the
federal transportation network.
    For more specific information on the decision, refer to the Canadian
Transportation Agency Web site at www.cta.gc.ca.




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