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Province conducting review of OC Transpo in aftermath of Westboro tragedy

Review will examine training, policies and organizational structure.
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OC Transpo bus crash scene at Westboro Station, January 12, 2019. Mike Vlasveld/ OttawaMatters

Ontario is conducting a review of OC Transpo's safety management in response to last year's tragic bus crash at Westboro Station.

The Ministry of Transportation says the review will cover company policies, driver training and OC Transpo's work environment. The provincial review will also examine health and safety policies.

According to ministry spokeswoman Kristine Bunker, the ministry has the authority to impose limitations on the fleet of vehicles, since they are the regulator of all commercial vehicles in Ontario.

It can also identify areas that need improvement and direct OC Transpo to address any deficiencies, but it's the city's responsibility to implement a solution.

The province also assigns a safety rating to the city. Ottawa currently stands at 'satisfactory-unaudited.' That is the third highest level, below excellent and satisfactory, which means that the City of Ottawa must renew its provincial registration every year, instead of every two years.

The crash at Westboro Station that claimed the lives of three passengers, Judy Booth, Bruce Thomlinson and Anja Van Beek while injuring dozens of others, marked its one year anniversary on Saturday.



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