The City has recently been ramping up its enforcement of the mandatory mask bylaw, handing out more fines to businesses and individuals who do not comply with the order. You can make your way directly to the train platform. If the automated system is not functioning, drivers are required to call out the stops to comply with the earlier ruling by the Canadian Transportation Agency. There is then no need to pass through a fare gate. ON Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson says the crackdown on people who aren't wearing masks on public transit will become harsher as of Tuesday. Enforcement officers from Canadian Transportation Agency checked buses after CBC report CBC News, December 19, 2017. The Ontario Government recently amended restrictions in response to COVID-19 to include mask-related regulations across the province, but the Sudds and Egli motion notes "those regulations exclude certain desirable provisions of the City of Ottawa's Temporary Mandatory Mask Bylaw. A CTA enforcement officer checked buses on routes 4, 7 and 62 on the afternoon of Nov. 14, following a CBC report about problems with OC Transpo's Next Stop Announcement System, and found a failure to call stops on all three buses. In a statement to CTV News Ottawa, Ottawa Bylaw and Regulatory Services says officers have issued 59 charges under the Temporary Mandatory Mask Bylaw (TMMB) since Sept. 1. OC Transpo riders in Ottawa without masks and who are not exempt face a $260 fine and denial of service on the public transit system. The transit agency learned about the fine on Monday and will review what happened on those routes, according to Troy Charter, OC Transpo’s director of transit operations. Starting Oct. 13, OC Transpo special constables will begin handing out tickets under the city's temporary mandatory mask bylaw to people who are refusing to wear masks without a valid exemption. Same fares as the bus. 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Ted Raymond "OC Transpo Special Constables will now issue a fine of $260 to those customers not wearing a mask under the City’s mandatory mask policy and the Transit By-Law," Manconi said. "No more warnings. Exemptions exist for young children and those who cannot wear masks because of a disability or another medical reason. Pat Scrimgeour said OC Transpo's staff inspectors had been monitoring the system and found it was functioning properly about 98 per cent of the time. "Customers who do not wear a mask and do not have any medical or other restrictions will be advised that they are not able to enter the system." 1640 Ouellette Avenue California Senate sweepstakes: Who gets Kamala Harris' job? The fine for business owners and property operators failing to post the required signage and/or failing to provide hand sanitizer at all entrances is $490, including the Victim Surcharge. Even though the original $180 fine was cut in half, she says her court experience only reaffirmed her intent to keep driving her car more and using Transpo less. Visually impaired riders had previously told CBC that stops were not being called out consistently, a problem that was supposed to be solved by the automated system of visual and audio alerts. "We need to sit down and review our maintenance logs, look at those specific buses, see if there were operator or customer reports, review the downloads … essentially we need to do our investigation to look at what occurred.". "Customers who do not wear a mask and do not have any medical or other restrictions will be advised that they are not able to enter the system.". In the meantime, OC Transpo ridership in September increased to 30 per cent of what the normal volume would be, marking the best rate the transit company has seen since the pandemic began. 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