N.Y. - "Safe" Unionized School Bus Drivers Cause Thousands of Accidents a Year
They claim they’re fighting to keep children safe, but statistics show that city school-bus drivers — the vast majority members of the striking union — are really hell on wheels.
Buses with public-school contracts were involved in more than 1,700 accidents in which the driver was at fault in each of the past five years for which numbers are available, according to statistics compiled by the city’s Department of Education.
The incidents range from minor fender-benders to collisions that resulted in 912 injuries in 2011, the latest year for which stats are available.
A year earlier, there were 1,792 accidents resulting in two deaths and 1,796 injuries.
Despite this bloody record, the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 claims its crippling bus strike is being waged in the best interests of its student passengers — because only its members can do the job safely.