TransLink bus driver berates passenger for not wearing a mask (VIDEO)

Nov 26 2020, 11:32 am

A confrontation about mask-wearing onboard a TransLink bus between a driver and a passenger was captured on video this week.

According to the person who posted the video, the incident took place around 3 am and, as indicated by the video’s geo-tag, near Kingsgate Mall.

“Around 3 am I boarded the bus ahead of three young guys, took a seat and then recorded this scene,” writes the poster, Paul Speers. “I didn’t jump in right away, but as the verbal tirade intensified and was clearly one sided, I decided to speak up for the guys.”

Speers writes that he takes “a stand for common decency when I’m out in public, but I try to pick my battles.”

Nevertheless, “while riding transit I have intervened on many occasions to put a stop to assault, unwanted touching/creeping, heckling, gross vulgarity, and racist ramblings.”

This incident, however, “was the first time confronting a bus driver for their behaviour.”

Under the provincial order, face masks are  now required to be worn by all British Columbians, 12 years and older, in a number of indoor public settings, including:

  • malls, shopping centres, coffee shops, and retail and grocery stores;
  • liquor and drug stores;
  • airports, city halls, libraries, community and recreation centres;
  • restaurants, pubs and bars;
  • places of public worship;
  • on public transportation, in a taxi or ride-sharing vehicle;
  • common areas of office buildings, court houses, hospitals and hotels;
  • common areas of sport and fitness centres when not engaged in physical activity;
  • common areas of post-secondary institutions and non-profit organizations.

And this week, BC’s Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth announced that anyone without a mask in an indoor public place, or who refuses to comply with the direction of an enforcement officer may be subject to a $230 fine.

Transit Police Sgt. Clint Hampton confirmed this policy applies to the TransLink network as well.
“Transit Police will enforce the Ministerial Order and can now issue fines of $230, subject to the exemptions set out in the provincial order,” he told Daily Hive.

A TransLink spokesperson also told Daily Hive they have identified the driver in the video, and are now “investigating the incident.”

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