Driver Fatigue – Union turns up the heat

18 June 2007

ASLEF will fully support any member who refuses to remain in a cab he or she feels makes work unsafe. The union says no driver should have to tolerate temperatures over 27 degrees.

62 GOOD REASONS FOR THE POLICY

During the unusually hot month of July last year there was a dramatic 62% increase in SPADs. It is impossible to maintain concentration levels in excessive heat.

HOT AIR

ASLEF has drawn attention to the problem at every level for over a year– but no action has been taken. Management will only solve the problem if they have to.

27 NOT NECESSARILY OUT

The maximum temperature in which anyone should have to work is, according to the TUC, 27 degrees. Network Rail introduces temporary speed restrictions in hot weather to protect its rails and overhead wires. We need to protect drivers.

ASLEF ‘UNEQUIVOCAL BACKING’

The union will, without reservation, support any member who refuses to work because heat conditions make him or her consider it unsafe to do so.

ASLEF SAYS

Don't put your safety and driving career in jeopardy. Don't tolerate conditions that lead to heat stress. Make the job safe.

If you need to take a stand, ASLEF will support you!

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