Is Your Bus Driver Safe?
In Broward County a bus driver’s accidents are forgiven every two years. Currently a driver must cause five accidents in a rolling 24-month period to be fired. A driver could also run four red lights in two years time and not be fired. Broward County wants to increase the period of time an accident remains on a driver’s record from two years to three. The county also wants to decrease the number of accidents a driver can have before being terminated. While earlier this year the County was having talks with the drivers’ union, once the drivers were given a 5% raise in August, the talks stopped. County leaders intend to include the accident reforms in negotiations for the next contract and the Law Offices of Steven S. Farbman urge you to contact your local representatives to make sure this matter is addressed prior to any new negotiations being finalized. We do want to point out that research has shown it is only a small minority of bus drivers who are responsible for most of the accidents reported and according to Chris Walton, Director of the Transportation Division, the county has many bus operators who have safety records of 10, 15, and 20 years.
The Law Offices of Steven S. Farbman are always interested in the safety for the people of our community. We welcome your thoughts on this controversial subject. As always please feel free to contact my office with any legal questions you may have.