I am a bus Driver and the suitablility of modern buses for the job at hand is a whole different subjuect matter but what concerns me greater is the shift patterns expected to work by Bus Drivers, set out by their Employers.
After a week of late shifts finishing with Monday 1633-0206 (Thats finish tuesday morning at 0206) i am then expected to turn my body clock around in order to start at 0444 on thursday morning.
Would you feel safe getting on the bus knowing that the driver is fatigued, Probably (although almost certainly) not had the 6 hours of good undisturbed sleep as recommended before a shift start.(And possibly only been driving buses less than a few months.
The training cannot be commended that allow us to do this, How many accidents are caused but never told about outside the industry directly caused by driver tiredness because of the erratic shift changes, that can be so easily rectified.
I look forward to views from everyone including other bus drivers.If you have been on a bus as a passenger involved in an accident, Was tiredness the cause in your oppinion. Was the bus driver rushing to finish or start his possible 50 minute lunch break.
I would like to point out that this is not an isolated case, it happens throughout the bus industry.
Enough from me, Lets play ball and try and get things changed for the better.