VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – For those who need to take the bus every day, there’s always going to be some level of discomfort, as it’s sometimes not easy to properly keep enough space between fellow passengers amidst the COVID-19 global pandemic.
That extends to the bus drivers too.
Balbir Mann is the head of the Bus Driver’s Union – Unifor 111.
He says they’re doing what they can to keep their fleet of vehicles tidy.
“The disposable gloves, the alcohol wipes, the sanitizers, they (TransLink, CMBC) have been ordering and getting us supplies.”
Mann says it’s been a little harder to get a hold of safety masks, given the demand for those worldwide, but he’s appreciated the response from the transit authority and the Coast Mountain Bus Company.
According to the Unifor head, there are some bus drivers in social isolation as they recover, but the concern and the message to the public – as well as those behind the wheel on your commute – remain the same.
“We recommend if you’re sick, please stay home. If you don’t have to go out, don’t go out, and wash your hands regularly.”
Disinfecting of the buses take place on a regular basis – three days a week, according to Unifor.
The Union is also discussing things regularly with the CMBC as the days roll along, and service has been scaled back in some cases.
“We will not jeopardize our member’s safety at any cost.” Mann maintains. “We are really keeping our eye on social distancing.”