Road safety in London will be improved even further after Transport for London (TfL) unveiled measures to tackle bus driver fatigue.
In order to do this, a fund of half a million pounds has been created for bus drivers to initiate a range of “pioneering solutions.”
The publication of research commissioned by TfL – conducted by Loughborough University and the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) – provided vital information to the transport industry in London that will be crucial if TfL and the Mayor of London are to achieve their targets of eradicating deaths and serious injuries on the roads by 2041 – as part of the capital’s Vision Zero commitment.
Thanks to the world-first research, a number of key measures have been announced to combat bus driver fatigue.
These include “rigorous” fatigue risk management systems that are required for any company looking to operate London buses under new contracts next year.
All managers in bus garages will have to undertake fatigue training, and £500,000 is available to help operators undertake work to establish the best ways to reduce fatigue.
A greater focus will be placed upon health and wellbeing of drivers, and this will lead into a more open and honest culture across the whole transport industry.
Heidi Alexander, Deputy Manager for Transport, commented: “Unite was entirely right to push for this research and I am pleased that TfL was the first organisation in the world to commission this type of study.
“The actions set out by TfL in response to the research are the start and not the end of the work that they will do to address bus driver fatigue and I am confident that, with the cooperation of bus operators and drivers, we can make London’s bus network even better and safer than it is today.”
With such a commitment to combating bus driver fatigue, the streets of London will be safer.