The court case only concerned the right of the government to shutter the service, and did not address the STC’s essentialness to many people living in Saskatchewan. The STC was one of the safest and most accessible modes of transportation in the province, and it operated with a culture of safety. This included commitments to build a “culture of safety” throughout the organization that will not easily be replicated by public services.
A significant emphasis is placed on the organization’s Occupational Health and Safety program, including prevention strategies in high-risk occupations. The company’s ongoing investment in improving return-to-work programs and training employees in regulations and safe work procedures continues to pay off. STC had an enviable on-road safety record. All motor coach operators were required to complete mandatory recertification on pre- and post-trip inspections and hours of service regulations during the year.
The buses were equipped with cameras, GPS navigational tools, and Zonar which traces hours of drivers, equipment conditions, the exact location of a vehicle at any time giving access to necessary security and safety equipment, etc. The drivers also had de-escalation training so that if a crisis arose they could reduce tensions.