As a sometime Vancouver transit user, I appreciate the work bus drivers do.
They manhandle huge vehicles — sometimes those extra-long, bendy buses — through crowded city streets, dealing with surly, occasionally even violent riders, all while keeping to tight schedules.
I've seen them sail through orange-turning-red lights with a tap on the horn to make sure they don't collect an unwary pedestrian or another vehicle anticipating the light change. They don't want to brake hard to stop, potentially sending the strap-hangers flying. Fair enough.
But what I didn't know is that drivers get essentially a free pass if they are caught on camera blowing a red light.
CTV News reports that automated red-light cameras generated about 230 tickets for TransLink buses in the last five years. Each is worth $167, which adds up to almost $40,000.
But no driver has paid one of those tickets since 2002, when TransLink challenged one of the red-light infractions in court.
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