GMB: London bus safety call

From the GMB:

GMB Congress has today (Tuesday 5 June) called for a better bus safety regime, following the number of deaths and serious injuries caused by collisions involving public transport buses.

Bus collisions in London for have increased year on year since 2012, with last year’s record bus collisions totalling 28,010 or over 77 bus collisions per day and 3.2 serious injuries per day.

A report by London Assembly called ‘Driven to Distraction’ released in July 2017 revealed that in the two years 2015 and 2016 over 12,000 people were injured and 25 were killed as a result of safety incidents involving TfL buses. [See notes to editors for copy of the report]

Tom Kearney, a campaigner for safer buses after an accident on Oxford Street put him in a coma, has listed three lessons Bus Transport Workers can campaign for to improve the Operational Safety Performance Environment across UK’s Bus Network. They are; Bus Transport Workers should campaign for Road Safety Incidents to be investigated just like Rail and Tram Safety Incidents; Bus Transport Workers should create a Union-organised National Confidential Safety Reporting Service open to all UK Bus Transport Workers; and Bus Transport Works must campaign to reclassify Late Work especially that on a permanent basis as “Night Work”.

The 101st GMB Congress in Brighton, comprises of 500 elected lay members and 300 visitors and guests. GMB Congress delegates were elected from the GMB membership to represent over 640,000 members from every part of the UK and Ireland and every sector of the economy. Congress is the supreme policy making body in GMB.

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