Have you ever been behind or at an intersection and seen a white minivan make what appears to be an illegal left had turn; you may have honked your horn at the vehicle or given the driver the finger.
That vehicle may have been a City of Edmonton Disabled Adult Transportation System Vehicle and these vehicles are allowed to make a left had turn provided that the no left turn sign says “Except Transit”
The Disabled Adult transportation System has two types of vehicles that they operate; the first is the large white vehicle or what DTAS calls a wheelchair bus, the second is a minivan that may be numbered, has blue line design on the side with a disability symbol on the side. Some of these vehicles may also have what looks like a small cone shaped light on the top of the vehicle.
The City of Edmonton Transit Department has also purchased what are called low floor buses; there are two types of low floor buses; regular size buses and what are called community buses or New Flyer buses that are significantly smaller.
In the future if any of you spot a wheelchair van or minivan as I have described remember that they are permitted to make a left hand turn. Alternately if you see a vehicle and they don’t fit the description of a DATS Vehicle then you should take down a license plate number if you can and dial 311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and report it, but safety first pullover; don’t talk on your cell phone while you are driving.
If you need to apply for the DATS service you can get more information by clicking the link here: