Bus Drivers Face Safety Problems

occupational health and safety trainingAdelaide bus drivers are allegedly working under absurd schedules that put their lives, and the lives of the public, at risk. Operations have recently commenced for Transfield. The company won a contract of over $500 million to run approximately thirty-three percent Adelaide’s buses, in April.

Passengers have cited complaints with the punctuality of the buses since they have often arrived late or not at all.
One report stated that passengers cannot rely on when you would get picked up or when you were going to be taken home. Another report speculated the possibility of the drivers not knowing where they should pick people up as they are not familiar with the routes before commencing.

Despite Light-City Buses (who operate under Transfield) denying these accusations, an anonymous source claims that there are significant flaws in the turnaround times and reposition times for the drivers. This causes a strain and problems for the drivers and could potentially be in breach of safe work practices.

The source also believes that drivers speed and drive unsafely in order to meet their times for pick-ups.
The Transport Workers Union has denied the case and has claimed that no-one has contacted them to inform them of any problems with work-hours.SafeWork SA has been informed of the concerns regarding occupational health and safety issues and has commissioned inspectors to speak with company officials about how those concerns.

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-10-10/bus-delays-adelaide-transfield/3458978?section=sa

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