The 2018 Loughborough University Bus Driver Fatigue Study states at Paragraph 3.2.2: "Within London bus driving, no operator has an explicit policy for fatigue management. This might be expected as TfL does not mandate fatigue management policy.” Given that this report was conducted two years after the Croydon Tram Crash, does it concern you that it would appear no lessons about Fatigue Risk Management learned from the crash investigation were applied to London’s Bus Operation?
Some of the learning from the Sandilands tragedy has resulted in parallel activities on the bus network, and Transport for London (TfL) is looking at fatigue across its bus and rail services.
For example, the Guardian fatigue detection and alert system introduced to trams was quickly investigated and trialed on RATP Dev buses in November 2017, with the costs picked up by TfL’s Bus Safety Innovation Fund. The results of this work have been shared with other bus operators in London. Bus operators must also now develop robust Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMSs) to be able to bid for TfL bus route tenders from summer 2020.
While common experiences will inevitably allow one transport sector to learn from another, there will also be more unique operations that require bespoke solutions. This is why TfL also commissioned independent bus driver fatigue research from Loughborough University.