RTL thrilled about the adoption of Bill S 221
Victory for bus drivers
Longueuil, March 12, 2015 – The Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) welcomes the adoption of Bill S-221, an act to amend the Criminal Code to include more severe sanctions for assaults committed on public transit operators.
“This is great news—the stricter legislation should create a safer work environment for our drivers. Considering the fact that the victim of an assault is a public transit operator to be an aggravating circumstance for the purposes of sentencing sends a clear message to would-be assailants. We hope this will help to eliminate the all-too-present threat that our drivers face on a daily basis,” stated Colette Éthier, Chairman of the Board of RTL, at the Board’s public meeting.
Driven by a deep concern for its drivers’ safety, the Réseau de transport de Longueuil had been advocating for these amendments to the Criminal Code for a long time. In May 2014, the RTL expressed public support for the federal government’s bill, mounting a public awareness campaign the same year called Mieux vivre en commun à bord de ses véhicules, with posters in several bus shelters and all bus terminals. This campaign, which was extended into 2015, is intended to educate riders about courtesy, respect, and acceptable behaviour on buses.
Adopted unanimously in the Canadian House of Commons, Bill S-221 received Royal Assent on February 25, taking effect that same day.
About the RTL
The Réseau de transport de Longueuil is the main transit provider for individuals within the five cities that comprise the Agglomération de Longueuil. The third-largest public transit organization in Québec, it makes over 35 million trips annually. With some 1,085 employees, the RTL is a major employer that contributes to the economic vitality of the region.
Ever receptive to its users, the RTL plays a key role in the lives of the people and the communities it serves by providing solutions that are efficient, innovative, and adapted to the evolving needs of its clientele. Improving quality of life for the citizens of the Agglomération de Longueuil is a top priority for the RTL.
Public Affairs Advisor
Réseau de transport de Longueuil
450-442-8600, ext. 8145