ASLEF on rail regulator's 'principles for DCO'

05 April 2017


Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has responded to the publication today of ‘principles for driver controlled operation’ by the Office of Rail and Road.


Mick said: ‘As train drivers, we want a safe, efficient, and modern railway delivering for passengers and business in Britain. What we don’t want to see is the safety of our railway compromised by a ruthless desire to cut costs and increase profits for the privatised train operating companies.


‘The key paragraph in the ORR’s principles published today – which are really just a re-release of guidance the ORR has published before – is that “suitable equipment, proper procedures and competent staff must be in place for the safe implementation of driver control operation.”


‘Ian Prosser is quite right. They should be in place – and at the moment they are not. And they should be achieved through dialogue and partnership with the people who, every day, deliver the service for passengers. Not the bean counters in the finance department of the TOCs looking to shave costs and push up profits.


‘That’s why we are calling on the rail companies to work with us to achieve a way of running the railway and fulfil their responsibilities that works for staff, for passengers, and for the train companies, too.’


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