TfL have set up a new funding for bus operators to curb bus driver fatigue. The new measures hope to improve road safety which will prevent deaths or serious injuries on London’s roads.
An initial report has provided evidence for TfL’s Bus Safety Programme, which has targeted issues identified by collision data and aims to deliver immediate improvements to road safety.
The report concluded that better partnership working between TfL, bus operators and bus drivers will deliver an even safer bus network.
From 2020, Rigorous fatigue risk management systems will be required for any company to operate London buses. All managers in bus garages will be required to undertake the training.
The TfL fund, which is up to £500,000 will help operators undertake further work to establish the most effective interventions to reduce fatigue.
The training will focus on the health and wellbeing of bus drivers. The transport body will foster a more open and honest culture across the industry.
The required fatigue risk management systems will assess fatigue and provide processes for managing and reporting it if it occurs, with the ultimate goal of fatigue reduction.
These systems will help to develop an open and honest culture and make it easier for future improvements to be made. TfL, the operators and Unite will work together to identify the best possible system.
The initiative also include innovative solutions to change the safety culture within bus garages and increase the focus on driver health and wellbeing.
The report highlights that drivers’ health and wellbeing is key and that adequate welfare facilities reduce stress, which in turn reduces the risk of fatigue.
TfL will require operators to confirm that all drivers have access to suitable welfare facilities in all future contracts.