I don't know if you've noticed but Montreal is on some kind of anti-smoking crusade at the moment. It's not a bad thing, I just wish they didn't take things too far.
Like how the city is banning smoking on terrasses, banning flavored smokeables and treating e-cigarettes like all other tobacco products.
So it's really weird to see a city employee on a city bus smoking with no regard for those who will be on the bus later.
Here's what happened:
"It was about 8 am, on St Patrick Street, the bus was in front of me driving about 30 km/h in a 50km/h zone (...) driving like he owned the road. (...) At a stop sign, he was an inch away from rear ending me, then I turned around and noticed this driver was smoking a cigarette. I couldn't believe it, so i got out of the car and snapped a picture of the driver, he then took his phone out and snapped a picture of my license plate." - Serge
Photo cred - serge
I'm a smoker and even I think this is messed up. I don't care if the windows are rolled down or if the bus is being sent to maintenance. Because the truth is that it doesn't matter.
The people who ride the STM pay high enough prices for passes that they have the right to ride in a smoke-free environment, not in a bus that doubles up a smoking lounge off hours.
Plus the driver wasn't even trying to hide, which leads me to believe that this is probably not the first time this happens. And it definitely won't be the last.