C-Tran, in response to isolated clashes between minority drivers and passengers, has modified its rules to specifically include hate crimes in its list of prohibited activities.
The C-Tran Board of Directors approved the amendment with little discussion Tuesday night.
In November 2013, C-Tran adopted “rules of conduct” that outline prohibited behaviors by passengers that could result in them being barred from C-Tran vehicles, buildings and other facilities.
The change incorporates state law for hate crimes, RCW 9A.36.080, into the conduct rules.
Scott Patterson, C-Tran’s chief external affairs officer, said there have been a few incidents where minority drivers have gotten into fare-related disputes with passengers and have been subjected to racial slurs.
“What we have heard from some of the drivers is they didn’t know how to deal with them,” he said before Tuesday’s meeting.