7 a.m., Nov. 5)
Two local men among OC Transpo's safest drivers
By Kelly Snider
The Orléans Star
local men were honoured for their clean driving records
during OC Transpo's annual Safe Driver Awards ceremony
at City Hall on Oct. 23.
Bastien and Basharat Malik were amoung 45 drivers who
have been accident free for at least 20 years.
his 44 years of service, Bastien has driven over 1.7 million-kilometres
and served more than 2.6 million customers without a single
accident. Malik has served over 1.5 million customers
and travelled over one million-kilometres accident free.
Coun. Stephen Blais said it's incredible to think that
Bastien has driven accident free longer than he [Blais]
has been alive.
two men have not only provided a great service for Ottawa,
but they have set the bar for what it means to be a safe
driver in Ottawa," said Blais. "Nearly seven
decades of driving with an accident between them. These
two gentle do OC Transpo proud."
qualify for a Safe Driving Award, bus operators must drive
a bus for at least 1,000 collision free hours every year.
to the city, one thousand collision-free hours for a bus
operator is comparable to an Ottawa resident driving their
car for a minimum of 35,000-kilometres on city streets
in one year.
years Safe Driver Award recipients included nine bus operators
who celebrated more than 35 years of collision-free driving.
Bastien was the lone recipient who has been accident free
more than 40 years..
These awards are an important acknowledgement of
our valued bus operators and our continuous commitment
to the safety of our customers and our staff, said
John Manconi, General Manager of the Transportation Services
Department. Together, we work 24/7, 365 days a year
to move this city safely and reliably.
Bastien (centre) receiving his Safe Driving
Award. Bastien has been driving for over 44
years without an accident. Kelly Snider/Photo
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)