London’s tram drivers could strike over plans to introduce…
…cameras to check if they are sleeping or distracted.
Wait, what? Who could object?
Transport for London (TfL) is testing a “driver protection device” (DPD) that will set off an alarm if the driver falls asleep after people came forward with video footage of Croydon tram drivers asleep in the cab.
But the Aslef union said that although it supports new measures for safety, its members had not been consulted over the plans to use infrared and facial recognition technology to monitor drivers’ faces.
What’s to consult about? “Here’s some new tech that’ll stop you killing the customers and your damned fool selves. It goes online tomorrow’.”
Finn Brennan, Aslef officer for the tram network, told the Croydon Advertiser: “The decision to choose this system and start to install it without any discussion with staff or trade unions showed complete disregard for the views of their drivers.
We don’t care about their views. We care that they don’t fall asleep at the wheel & kill us.
“Aslef want to see the introduction of new technology that can prevent accidents, but there is no evidence that the system Tramlink are putting in would have done anything to prevent the terrible tragedy at Sandilands.”
There’s no evidence it wouldn’t. QED.
Separately from the DPDs, TfL also plans to install devices to brake automatically if a tram edges over the speed limit.
Are they going to protest about that too? Roll on the day everything’s automated, and we can dispense with their services…