Passengers can sing on Winnipeg buses, council says

A bus is pictured in Winnipeg in this June 25, 2014 file photo. (Kevin King/QMI Agency)

A bus is pictured in Winnipeg in this June 25, 2014 file photo. (Kevin King/QMI Agency)

Kristin Annable, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Transit riders can sing their hearts out on city buses after council approved an amended transit bylaw Wednesday.

The intent of the bylaw was designed to enhance safety for bus drivers and better define current bylaws.

It would also see two cadets added to patrol the buses.

Unfortunately, it was overshadowed by the one line in the seven-page edict that outlawed singing on a public bus.

“I missed the word singing because I was focused on the safety aspect ... It is not a singing bylaw, it is about saving people’s lives,” Mayes said.

An amendment removed the no singing or playing instruments portion of the bylaw.

Mayor Sam Katz said the bylaw will help enhance safety for drivers, but it is not going to change things immediately.

“I have no doubt in my mind this will help immensely what was passed today, but it isn’t going to eliminate every situation,” he said.

kristin.annable@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: @kristinannable


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