ottawa bus crash proves safety standards too lax: experts
The head of the Transport Safety Board said that given last year\'s two deadly bus crashes, Canada needs to speed up the development of better national \"crash-resistance\" standards for buses and other commercial passenger cars.
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A German bus crash in Ottawa killed three people and injured 23 others, as well as Humboldt Hockey
In an interview, TSB Chairman Kathy Fox said that the team bus crash that killed 16 people and injured 13 people in last April highlighted the need for passenger buses to comply with stricter safety guidelines.
\"We know that these buses do not have to meet the standards that our cars have to meet, nor do they have to meet the standards that school buses have to meet, and we think that needs to be changed because in certain types of collisions, \"When passengers travel by public transport, they don\'t necessarily get the protection that passengers should be able to expect,\" Fox said. \".
\"This is a problem for Canada, not just Ottawa.
\"There is a call for federal agencies to take the lead in investigating the Ottawa bus accident, just like another double accident
On 2013, the decker OC Transpo bus collided with a traveling passenger train, killing six people.
The train\'s involvement in the case allowed the TSB to lead the investigation and had the right to force evidence and provide state advice.
The recent crashes in Ottawa and Humboldt did not fall under the jurisdiction of federal agencies because they only involved road vehicles.
At the same time, the National Transportation Safety Board does have the right to conduct accident investigations on commercial vehicles such as trucks and buses.
Fox said the TSB was particularly interested in the Ottawa crash as the main findings from the 2013 OC Transpo crash investigation.
It found that more than 26,000 pounds of large vehicles in Canada do not need to meet the same standards as small buses or school busesimpact, side-
Crash, flip or squeeze protection.
In Friday\'s crash, the upper floor of the Ottawa city bus crashed into a shelter, and its roof cut deep into several rows on the right side of the bus.
Many injured survivors need to be amputated.
2013 The survey also requires that all commercial buses be equipped with event data recorders, similar to those required for aircraft, trains and ships.
Jim Watson, the mayor of Ottawa, said the city was \"united\" after the tragedy \".
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Rob Johnston, who is in charge of investigating the 2013 crash, said OC Transpo double-
The Decker bus meets all applicable safety standards.
The problem, he said, is that these standards need to be strengthened.
\"The real flaw lies in cars in Canada --
Vehicle Safety Standards for more than 26,000 vehicles (pounds),\" he said.
\"There will be some risks if these standards are not raised,\" he said . \" He admits that many people travel safely on these vehicles every day.
Transport Minister Marc Garneau was not interviewed, but his office said in a statement that measures had been taken to address the proposals in the 2013 TSB investigation.
Garneau\'s media said: \"We have completed the review of accident data in urban centers to support the potential development of crash resistance standards . \"
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\"Work is already under way to support this review by testing the bus structure to inform the next step.
Fox said: \"The last interaction between Transport Canada and the TSB in this work was a year ago.
She was encouraged to hear that the department was considering these proposals and conducting some research.
But at the same time, more Canadians were killed in crashes in Humboldt and Ottawa.
The proposed changes take time and may only apply to vehicles manufactured in the future.
Fox says it\'s time to take action.
\"With the evidence at hand, it is time to take urgent action to speed up the activities that his department has taken to study the development and implementation of these bus crash-resistance standards.
\"The 2013 TSB review also reviewed OC Transpo driver training and did find some flaws in how the organization monitored driver records.
While the details of the 2013 incident are different from recent ones, questions have been raised about how the Ottawa transport agency handles driver violations as a result of the new discovery of driver driving during last week\'s crash.
Canadian media confirmed that she was involved in at least another major collision in December.
When asked about the driver on Monday, Ottawa mayor Jim Watson will only say it\'s a matter for the Ottawa police and he doesn\'t want to damage the investigation by canceling the investigationhand remark.
Other Ottawa Committee members also shared the view that they wanted the police to determine what happened on the road on Friday before considering how and why.
Watson added that he was confident in the safety of the Ottawa bus fleet, including 74 double buses
It added deckers in 2012.
\"If there is new information in the police investigation, we will take this into account, but at this point, I am confident that our mechanics and professionals have and will continue to do everything they can to ensure the safety and reliability of our entire bus fleet.