OC Transpo says it is investigating after a person was caught on live television riding the bumper of a bus Tuesday evening.
The incident unfolded during a live report on CTV Ottawa’s “News at Six.” The report was, somewhat fittingly, about the introduction of a low-income bus pass.
The incident occurs around 2:25 into the video:
Pictures of the unusual commuter quickly made the rounds online.
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— Ottawa Paramedic Svc (@OttawaParamedic) October 5, 2016
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We reached out to OC Transpo for comment and received this response from Troy Charter, the assistant general manager of transit operations:
“OC Transpo was made aware of this incident early yesterday morning and an investigation into this matter was immediately launched.
This behaviour is totally irresponsible and unacceptable and will not be tolerated by OC Transpo.
The safety of our Operators, our customers, and the public is always our top priority. Therefore, we are taking this incident very seriously, especially due to the high risk for potential injury and demonstrated recklessness for personal safety.
This type of behavior is rare.
It is illegal to ride on, stand on or hold on to the exterior of any transit vehicle. This is an extremely serious and dangerous offence, which is a finable under the Transit By-law. The set minimum fine for this offence is $500 and individuals can be charged up to $5,000 for engaging in this behaviour.”