Croydon Tram Guardian Device and Bus Driver Fatigue

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 24th July 2019.

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Photo of Caroline Pidgeon Caroline Pidgeon Liberal Democrat

At a meeting of the London Assembly Transport Committee on 15th May 2019 the managing director of First Group TOL stated that as a result of data received from the tram’s in-cab ‘Guardian Device” installed after the Croydon Tram Crash that driver rotas were being changed to reduce fatigue.  Has TfL considered installing this device on buses?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The same fatigue detection technology used on trams is currently being trialled by two London bus operators to understand if it can make a wider contribution. The outcomes of these trials will be considered alongside the findings of research into bus driver fatigue, carried out by Loughborough University and the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, due to be published later this summer. These sources of information will help TfL and the bus industry consider how safety can be best advanced in London and the UK.