The current federal legislation surrounding motor coach driver’s work requirements threatens the safety of not only the vehicle operators, but also the passengers. Daily work allowances for drivers must be revised as the current maximums for on-duty, drive time and core rest between shifts are inadequate and lead to fatigue among drivers. Fatigue is one of the leading causes of fatal motor coach accidents and is quite easily avoidable by increasing rest times between shifts, decreasing drive time and on-duty requirements.

I invite you to sign the petition below which will go directly to the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport. We can no longer ignore the magnitude of fatalities and serious injuries resulting from the current legislation.

Shawn Purcell
ATU Local 1624

The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport
4060 Sainte-Catherine Street West, Suite 340
Westmount, Quebec H3Z 2Z3

Dear Minister Garneau:

Over the past decade, a horrifying 41% of motor coach crash fatalities have been attributed to driver fatigue.
This is a staggering fact given that driver fatigue is one of the most preventable causes of these tragedies.

Currently, motor coach drivers are subjected to 13-hour maximum drive times with on-duty shifts lasting up to 16 hours. This leaves very little time for Coach Canada’s drivers to get the seven to nine hours of sleep required per night to reduce driver fatigue.

The Canadian Safety Council has stated, “Driving while fatigued is comparable to driving while drunk,” and it is crucial that current legislation reflect that understanding.

Minister Garneau, I am calling on you for assistance to make travel safer for all Canadians, not only motor coach drivers. Our roads can be made safer by amending the current legislation in the following ways:

– Cut driving time from 13 hours to 10 hours
– Reduce a driver’s shift from 16 hours to 13 hours on duty
– Increase rest time from 8 hours to 10 hours

For the benefit of the millions of Canadians, I hope that this will become a priority for your Ministry so that fatigue-related fatalities and injuries can be significantly reduced.


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