Topic : driver safety

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Detroit drivers’ union pushes for police on buses

Bus| November 4, 2011
One-hundred drivers walked out on their jobs, saying they are afraid to board the buses after one driver was recently beaten on a bus. Police officers used to ride on the buses before budget cuts.

Attempted murder sought for accused in bus driver stabbing

Bus| October 27, 2011
The ATU is calling for prosecutors to press for attempted murder charges against Maurice Young, who allegedly stabbed a NJ Transit bus driver seven times. Union also says Young should face a federal charge that makes disabling a bus or train operator punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Bus| October 24, 2011

N.Y. MTA driver assaults up

There were 69 physical assaults in the first nine months of this year — compared with 57 during the same stretch last year.
Bus| October 24, 2011

NJ Transit driver stabbed by passenger

The alleged assailant was arrested at the stop by the responding officers and taken to the Major Crimes unit to be charged.
Accessibility| September 21, 2011

D.C. paratransit drivers protest work shifts

Claim work shifts are too long and endanger their lives and their customers by causing driver fatigue. Union also says the contractor evaded a federal law limiting the number of hours that commercial vehicle operators can drive in a certain period, based on number of vehicle seats.
Bus| September 15, 2011

Another shooting spurs more calls for SEPTA bus driver protection

Two recent bus driver shootings have prompted the local Transit Workers Union to request Mayor Michael A. Nutter form a task force to find ways to better protest bus operators and other transit employees.
Bus| September 8, 2011

Extra protection urged for SEPTA workers after shooting

Agency and drivers’ union are calling for special legal protection for transit workers after a bus driver was shot and wounded. The recent incident was the 46th assault on a SEPTA employee this year.
Motorcoach| August 30, 2011

FMCSA awards $2M to N.D. for bus, truck safety

Will fund implementation of an electronic commercial driver's license testing system, compliance reviews, safety audits and thousands of inspections throughout North Dakota.
Rail| August 12, 2011

FRA issues new reg limiting consecutive hours of service

The new rule, based on “fatigue science,” will use fatigue modeling tools and data on human alertness factors and guide the scheduling of train crews to reduce the likelihood of a hazardous work schedule. It includes maximum on-duty periods and minimum off-duty periods for passenger train employees.
Bus| August 10, 2011

Driver not fired for filling out paperwork while driving bus

The driver was caught on video filling out paperwork while rarely touching the wheel during the video's 57 seconds. The video received more than 130,000 hits, since it was posted on YouTube last month.

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