I am absolutely appalled. This evening I discovered that drivers operating licences class 1-4 are not legally required to wear seat belts. We took a taxi home from dinner this evening and asked the driver of the Kootenay Taxi to put her seat belt on, citing safety and physics as reasons to do so. Not only did she not oblige, she drove past our destination. I called the non-emergency RCMP line to report this behaviour and was shocked to discover that it is perfectly legal. I also wrote an email to Kootenay Taxi citing statistics from Transport Canada and asking Kootenay Taxi to improve their care for their employees and safety.
The more people who are aware of this, the better!
Thank you for listening.