Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Ford had verbal altercation with streetcar driver: TTC chief

TTC streetcar

Deborah Baic/The Globe and Mail/Deborah Baic/The Globe and Mail

An exchange between Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and a transit driver Wednesday began after the politician failed to stop his vehicle, the union alleges.

Toronto Transit Commission head Andy Byford said that the mayor called him directly to complain about a streetcar incident. The driver, who has not been publicly identified, was reminded that he is not permitted to leave his seat to speak to motorists.

Mr. Ford's office said they will not comment.

Story continues below advertisement

Bob Kinnear, head of the union that represents TTC workers, said the incident took place Wednesday afternoon on Dundas near McCaul. It is a cramped area where streetcars and other vehicles share two lanes each way. Mr. Kinnear alleges it began when the mayor failed to stop at the open doors of a streetcar.

Under section 166 of the Highway Traffic Act, it is an offence to pass or approach too near streetcars while passengers are boarding or exiting. The doors of Toronto streetcars are decorated with stop signs to remind motorists.

"My understanding is that Mr. Ford did pass open doors of a streetcar and the operator counselled Mr. Ford on the serious safety violation and the potential danger of doing that," Mr. Kinnear said Friday. "From there, my understanding is Mr. Ford contacted the TTC. There was an interview conducted with the employee and the employee was put back to work."

TTC spokesman Brad Ross said Thursday the employee was "counselled" but no further action was taken.

Editor's Note: If you were in the area of Dundas and McCaul streets on Wednesday and witnessed the alleged exchange, e-mail us at

Report an error Licensing Options
About the Authors

Oliver Moore joined the Globe and Mail's web newsroom in 2000 as an editor and then moved into reporting. A native Torontonian, he served four years as Atlantic Bureau Chief and has worked also in Afghanistan, Grenada, France, Spain and the United States. More

Toronto City Hall bureau chief



The Globe invites you to share your views. Please stay on topic and be respectful to everyone. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

Please note that our commenting partner Civil Comments is closing down. As such we will be implementing a new commenting partner in the coming weeks. As of December 20th, 2017 we will be shutting down commenting on all article pages across our site while we do the maintenance and updates. We understand that commenting is important to our audience and hope to have a technical solution in place January 2018.

Discussion loading… ✨