The union representing BC transit operators is in Ottawa Wednesday advocating for stiffer penalties for people who assault anyone working in the transit industry.
President of Unifor Local 111 Nathan Woods says he will testify before the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs to support a bill that would amend the criminal code.
He says he understands there are workers in other professions who also face violence on the job.
“The difference between this is, of course, a transit worker has the lives of their passengers and their surroundings, pedestrians and motorists at stake as well. And recently we’ve seen assaults where the bus is moving in Metro Vancouver, and that puts more than just the driver at risk.”
The proposed bill would make an assault on a transit worker an aggravating factor during sentencing.