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.