Has your MP signed the ‘SQUASH’ EDM?

31 January 2007

Keith Norman today welcomed the fact that 72 MPs have now signed up to support ‘Squash’ - the union’s campaign for better cab conditions for train drivers – and urges ASLEF members to lobby support from their MPs if they have not put their name to it.

Early Day Motion 247 (in the name of Alan Simpson, Chair of the ASLEF Parliamentary Group and MP for Nottingham South) reads:

‘That this House is concerned by the report from the Rail Safety and Standards Board which found a dramatic increase in the number of signals passed at danger (SPADs) in July 2006 to 42 incidents, an increase of 62 per cent. compared with the same period in 2005, and 20 per cent. higher than the previous three-year average, when weather temperatures were much lower; is concerned that the extremely high temperatures in July 2006 affected the performance of train drivers, thereby increasing the number of SPADs and compromising the safety of drivers and the general public; and calls upon train operating companies to ensure that all train cabs are fitted with sustainable air temperature control devices.’

To see who has put their name to the EDM visit the PIMS website

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