BC’s Transportation Minister says several investigations have been launched after it appears two young girls were forced off a Greyhound bus and stranded in the middle of the night near the highway of tears.
But in a statement sent to CKNW, Greyhound tells another story, saying the girls were travelling on expired tickets and when they arrived in Valemount the bus was at capacity and had no empty seats for them.
At that time, Greyhound says the driver arranged for the girls to take the next scheduled bus, which they agreed to. They were then left to wait in the station, “which is a 24-hour facility with dedicated Greyhound personnel present at all times.”
Greyhound statement on Valemount incident:
Strict rules for carriers
Todd Stone says his ministry is going to get to the bottom of this, and if true, it cannot be allowed to happen on any stretch of highway in the province.
“I spoke with the Passenger Transportation Branch Registrar this morning. We are also reaching out to Greyhound. The important thing first and foremost is to make sure that we have all of the facts so we understand exactly what happened. That being said I have to say no reasonable individual would leave two children in a potentially unsafe location on the side of the road.”
Stone says the Passenger Transportation Act clearly says carriers cannot leave people in unsafe locations, and it’s backed up with potential fines and suspensions.
“If the facts are as they have been presented to this point it is completely and totally unacceptable and cannot be allowed to happen in British Columbia along any stretch of highway.”
“A carrier cannot leave individuals, particularly children, in unsafe locations. So there are a number of provisions in the Act that govern and regulate the behaviours of our carriers. There are also penalties that can range from fines right through to suspension of license. The Passenger Transportation Registrar and her investigators hve launched that investigation and are meeting with Greyhound and are reaching out to the mother.”
Stone says if this is true then it is unacceptable and shouldn’t ever happen anywhere in the province.
The girls were en route home to Alberta when they were refused seats on a bus at a transfer because their tickets had expired.