2nd double-decker bus involved in fatal crash in 5 yearsCBC.ca #Double_DeckerJanuary 12, 2019
After the tragic crash five years ago, the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) recommended public transit buses have more robust crashworthiness standards — standards that would help vehicles withstand high-impact collisions.
The city’s buses meet the requirements in place but the TSB argued that existing standards should be improved to further protect passengers.
“In this occurrence, the bus had no front bumper, and its front-end frame was not designed to provide impact protection,” read the board’s report after the crash investigation.
On Sept. 18, 2013, a double-decker OC Transpo bus struck a Via Rail train at the Fallowfield crossing, causing extensive damage to the front of the bus.
The Transportation Safety Board recommended crash standards be developed for buses.
“With respect to the crashworthiness piece, that is a federal, general mandate.
Transport Canada would have the ultimate say on putting new crashworthiness standards in place.
Public transit buses do not have to meet these standards.
Transport Canada said in a statement sent to CBC late Friday that city buses must meet standards, but there was no mention of how they would handle a crash.
“Transport Canada is working closely with all levels of government and industry partners on a number of road safety initiatives, such as adoption of collision avoidance technologies, regulations to improve motor vehicle safety, and measures to prevent driver distraction and fatigue.”