Government of Canada mandates transit work-rest rules

    OTTAWA, June 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's Transport Minister, John Baird,
today announced that rules to enhance the safety of operators, passengers and
other road users will soon be in place for transit operations under federal
    "These changes will make it safer for everyone involved, from transit
passengers to motorists, and pedestrians," said Minister Baird. "This will
greatly reduce the risk of driver fatigue-related incidents and collisions."
    The amendment to the Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service
Regulations will reduce fatigue by restricting the hours transit employees
governed by federal rules can drive. Three transit services are affected by
this change: OC Transpo in Ottawa, Gatineau's Société de transport de
l'Outaouais, and Transit - Windsor.
    The proposed amendments were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I on
March 14, 2009. After considering all comments received, Transport Canada
finalized the regulations and they will become law six months after
publication in the Canada Gazette, Part II on June 10, 2009.

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Minister John Baird, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700; Media Relations: Transport
Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Transport Canada is online at
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