Bedford Transportation Director addressed Board of Works about updates to the department

BEDFORD – Bedford Transportation Director Dennis Parsley addressed the Bedford Board of Works and Safety about updates to the TASC Department and Transit Authority Monday afternoon.

Dennis Parsley addressing the Board of Works

As a part of INDOT Regulations, an update to the Zero Tolerance Drug & Alcohol Policy set in place for TASC Bus drivers, the testing added an opioid test as a part of the regular random drug testing for the department. With this addition, the Board of Works and Safety had to approve the updated policy for the TASC Department to implement as a part of these regulations.

Additionally, Parsley addressed the board about a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with White River Lodge for emergency transportation services in the event of an evacuation. This service would allow TASC Buses to take these individuals anywhere within Lawrence County limits. There has not been a need for these services with the several other businesses that TASC offers these services to, but according to Parsley, it is important to have it in place anyways.

Lastly, Parsley requested a renewal of a two-year contract with DISA, which offers mandated chemical testing for transit vehicles used by the department. These three requests were approved by the board.