BC Ferries has laid down a one year ban on a driver who drove his car towards an employee while boarding a ferry at the Langdale terminal on the morning of October 15.
The employee was forced to jump out of harm’s way, and the company says it’s not the first incident of abuse of its employees recently. In the past two weeks alone, BC Ferries has issues multiple one-year travel bans to passengers.
According to the company, just two days following the dangerous driving incident, on October 17 a passenger threatened the use of a firearm to an employee at the Horseshoe Bay terminal. On October 22, a passenger assaulted an employee on the Coastal Celebration.
BC Ferries says it has a zero-tolerance policy for abuse of its employees and says they’re committed to providing both employes and passengers a safe and respectful environment.
“The vast majority of our passengers treat our employees courteously. Abusive conduct or comments, or behaviours that put our employees or the public at risk, are not tolerated. These behaviours result in a denial of service, travel ban and the involvement of police agencies,” said Mark Collins, BC Ferries’ President & CEO.
The company says they’re committed to prevention of violence in its workplace, and to protect the health, safety, security, and comfort of its passengers and crew, and to do so, will enforce their right to refuse passage.