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(Updated 7 a.m., Nov. 5)
Two local men among OC Transpo's safest drivers

By Kelly Snider
The Orléans Star

Two local men were honoured for their clean driving records during OC Transpo's annual Safe Driver Awards ceremony at City Hall on Oct. 23.

André Bastien and Basharat Malik were amoung 45 drivers who have been accident free for at least 20 years.

During 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.

Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais said it's incredible to think that Bastien has driven accident free longer than he [Blais] has been alive.

"These 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."

To qualify for a Safe Driving Award, bus operators must drive a bus for at least 1,000 collision free hours every year.

According 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.

This 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.”

André Bastien (centre) receiving his Safe Driving Award. Bastien has been driving for over 44 years without an accident. Kelly Snider/Photo

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

 

   

 


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