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Resolution to End Fatalities and Injuries Resulting From Poor Transit Bus Design

Whereas, transit buses used in North America are decades behind global design and safety standards, endangering the health, safety and lives of operators, riders and pedestrians, and

Whereas, most transit buses on the road in North America have unsafe window pillar designs and hazardously-placed mirrors, which create enormous blind spots that are impossible to mitigate with operator behavior and have resulted in collisions in which pedestrians and others have been killed or injured, and

Whereas, assaults on operators often escalate to serious injury or death due to poorly-secured or unsecured workstations, and

Whereas, unsafe air quality in buses caused by inadequate air filters and ventilation systems for diesel fumes and infectious agents nearly doubles the rate of COPD among operators and injures riders as well, and

Whereas, poor bus suspension and seating lead to back pain and debilitating conditions for operators and compromises passenger comfort, and

Whereas, transit work is already classified as the least healthy job due to primitive controls including steering, and pedals
that cause extreme rates of occupational injury and disability,

Therefore, be it resolved, that ATU Local [insert local number] calls on transit agencies and manufacturers to make our buses safe for those who operate and ride them by adopting well-tested solutions, including:

   • Protective barriers that can be quickly raised or lowered by an operator, that do not obscure the operator’s view, and do not block air conditioning or heat from the driver’s workstation.

   • Unobstructed views for bus operators that include open view windshields, minimal A-pillars, and mirrors that don’t obscure an operator’s vision.

   • Workstations that include “active” ergonomic seating, intelligent steering, adjustable pedals, and a dashboard and steering wheel that telescopes and tilts.

   • Proper filtering of bus compartment air quality, rational location of intakes and exhaust of buses, effective sealing, and proper maintenance of engines, heaters and air conditioning systems.

   • Workstations that are free of roaches, bed bugs, rodents and other insects.