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Report Says TTC Involved in 18,000 Crashes Since 2009

Toronto Star reports shows TTC vehicles were involved in an average of 3,564 crashes a year between 2009 and 2013.

A new report shows that Toronto Transit Commission vehicles were involved in 18,000 crashes between 2009 and 2013.  The information obtained by the Toronto Star shows that one driver alone was involved in 30 crashes over the past five years, although 27 of them were deemed “not preventable”. 

The study looked at the TTC’s buses, streetcars and Wheel-Trans vehicles and found that on average these vehicles were involved in 3,564 collisions a year during that five year period.

The city’s 211 Wheel-Trans vehicles were involved in 1,379 collisions with 931 of them deemed ‘Non-preventable accidents’.    247 streetcars were involved in 3,587 crashes with 2,994 of them deemed to be ‘non-preventable accidents’.  There were 12,856 collisions involving the city 1,800 buses, 70.4%, or 9,045 of those crashes were ruled to be ‘non-preventable’.

The decision on whether or not a collision is deemed ‘preventable’ or ‘non-preventable’ is made by a TTC manager who is called to the scene when an accident occurs.  However TTC union boss Bob Kinnear told the Toronto Star that the process is “subjective”.

TTC spokesman Brad Ross said if drivers are deemed to be dangerous they can be taken off the road or fired.  Ross couldn’t say at the time the story was published exactly how many drivers had been taken off the road or fired during the five year period.  

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  1. Greg posted on 07/04/2014 06:25 AM
    Holy Hell!! That's almost 10 crashes/day! Must be a lot of elderly, Asian women driving these things.

    Kidding!!!
  2. john posted on 07/04/2014 02:17 PM
    what u talking about elderly, Asian women are better drivers then most people out there . the morons dont know how to drive . simple as that .
  3. Dean posted on 07/04/2014 09:18 PM
    Gee, that's one heck of a coincidence that the SUBJECTIVE process used by union members to decide whether union members were at fault in any given accident produces such a high level of "non-preventable" judgements. Based on the figures in the third paragraph, the rate for streetcars is nearly 84% of crashes being classified as "Totally not our fault you guys, for realsies."

    Let me tell you, if the company I worked for screwed up 3500 times a year, we'd all be out of work because nobody would want to be our client, and rightly so. The culture of "Unions can do no wrong" in Canada needs to end, today.
  4. Rob posted on 07/05/2014 08:46 AM
    Firstly, considering the amount of KMs a bus driver logs a year, the amount of collisions is comparable to the general population in their daily commute. Secondly, the MAJORITY of these collisions have been deemed non-preventable by not only a Supervisor (who does not belong to a drivers union BTW) but also by the police that arrive on scene.
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