Transit officials in Edmonton are trying out safety shields on some buses to see if the barriers can protect drivers from minor attacks that include being shoved and spit on.

A polycarbonate shield has already been installed in one bus and two more designs are to be tested later this summer.

The union representing drivers recommended in 2007 that safety measures needed to be improved because of an increase in confrontations with passengers on the city’s 685 buses.


Officials want feedback from drivers and passengers before installing shields on all buses.

Edmonton Transit spokesman Ron Gabruck says many bus drivers like to talk to passengers and he doesn’t know if operators or customers will like the shields.

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