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Unite the Union’s “work” on Bus Driver Fatigue and 2015-2018 Tripartite Meeting Minutes

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 23rd September 2019.

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TfL’s Press Release about the Loughborough University Study of Bus Driver Fatigue stated it "was commissioned by TfL in response to Unite the Union's work to highlight the complex issue,” A review of the 10 Tripartite Meetings between TfL, Bus Operators and Unite the Union between November 2015 and April 2018 released under FOI (https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/tripartite_meetings) show that Unite the Union mentioned the issue of Fatigue at less than half of these meetings. Did Unite the Union present any Bus Driver Fatigue Survey Data, analysis, or papers at any of these meetings? Please provide me with copies.

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Unite the Union made Transport for London (TfL) and the bus operators aware of its concerns about bus driver fatigue and its plans for a driver survey at the Tripartite Meeting. Its drivers also shared their experiences with the GLA Transport Committee around this time and their contributions were reflected in the wider Driven to Distraction report which can be viewed at https://www.london.gov.uk/about-us/london-assembly/london-assembly-publications/driven-distraction-tackling-safety-londons-buses.