Blais Celebrates 70 Years of Accident-Free Driving

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Councillor Stephen Blais was proud to present Cumberland residents, and OC Transpo operators, André Bastien and Basharat Malik with Safe Driving Awards.

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André Bastien has served over 2.6 million customers and travelled a whopping 1.7 million km over 44 years without an accident.

“It’s incredible to think that André has driven accident-free longer than I have been alive,” says Blais. “These two men have not only provided a great service for Ottawa, but they have set the bar for what it means to be a safe driver in Ottawa.”

Safe Driving

Meanwhile, Basharat Malik has serviced over 1.5 million customer trips and travelled over 1 million km’s accident free.

“Nearly 7 decades of driving without an accident between them; these two gentlemen do OC Transpo proud,” adds Blais. “Millions of customers have benefited from their gentle hands and excellent reflexes to arrive safely at their destinations.”

Photo Caption: Both gentlemen receive their awards from Transit Commission Chair Stephen Blais, Mayor Jim Watson, City Manager Steve Kanellakos, union president Clint Crabtree, Transit Commission Vice-Chair Michael Qaqish, managers Troy Charter and John Manconni