US News Sadiq Khan ‘furious’ over footage of ‘sleeping’ tram driver in Croydon

14:55  19 may  2017
14:55  19 may  2017 Source:   Press Association

Luas driver sacked for being over the alcohol limit will get his job back

  Luas driver sacked for being over the alcohol limit will get his job back He told his Team Leader he had four glasses of wine the previous evening before arriving at the depot that morning.The team leader said the man was there to work and smelled alcohol from him.He then told him that he would have to be tested for alcohol and failed both.As a result of failing the alcohol tests on June 15, 2016 at Red Cow Luas Depot, the worker was accused of contravening the company’s Drugs and Alcohol policy due to his test results exceeding the also limits set out in the policy.The man was subsequently sacked.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said he was "extremely concerned" by the footage . In the 30-second clip, a driver - who is not thought to be the same one who was involved in last Wednesday's crash - appears to drift in and Experts say trams still 'extremely safe' Croydon tram crash: Who were the victims?

Sadiq Khan has said he is "absolutely furious " after watching a video that appeared to show a London tram driver asleep at the controls just a few months after the crash that killed seven people in Croydon .

The scene of the November tram crash (Steve Parsons/PA) © Provided by The Press Association The scene of the November tram crash (Steve Parsons/PA)

A tram driver has been suspended after video emerged appearing to show him asleep at the controls.

The incident occurred on south-east London’s Croydon tram network, which saw seven people killed in a crash last November.

The London Evening Standard obtained the footage, which it said was taken by a concerned passenger at around 8am on Wednesday after the packed tram stopped at a set of lights in Croydon and failed to move off.

First Group, which is responsible for operating the trams, said the driver has been suspended pending an inquiry.

London mayor Sadiq Khan said he was “absolutely furious” about the incident and has spoken to First Group chief executive Tim O’Toole to make his feelings “crystal clear”.

Bereaved families and survivors of November’s crash will be “appalled by this video”, he added.

Transport for London (TfL) has made a report to rail regulator the Office of Rail and Road and the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) for “urgent investigation”.

Seven people died in the crash last year (Steve Parsons/PA) © Provided by The Press Association Seven people died in the crash last year (Steve Parsons/PA)

Leon Daniels, managing director of surface transport at TfL, said First Group has been ordered to ensure they are dealing with driver tiredness “to keep passengers completely safe”.

Luas driver sacked for being over the alcohol limit will get his job back

  Luas driver sacked for being over the alcohol limit will get his job back He told his Team Leader he had four glasses of wine the previous evening before arriving at the depot that morning.The team leader said the man was there to work and smelled alcohol from him.He then told him that he would have to be tested for alcohol and failed both.As a result of failing the alcohol tests on June 15, 2016 at Red Cow Luas Depot, the worker was accused of contravening the company’s Drugs and Alcohol policy due to his test results exceeding the also limits set out in the policy.The man was subsequently sacked.

Tram driver suspended for apparently sleeping on same line as fatal Croydon crash. London Mayor Sadiq Khan said of the clip: "I am extremely concerned by this video.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said he was "extremely concerned" by the footage . In the 30-second clip, a driver - who is not the same one who was involved in last week's fatal crash - appears to drift in and out of sleep as the tram moves along.

Seven people were killed and 51 injured when a tram derailed as it entered a sharp bend at almost four times the speed limit on November 9.

An interim report by the RAIB said the tram was travelling at 46mph as it entered the bend, which had a 13mph limit.

The driver, Alfred Dorris, 42, from Beckenham, south-east London, was arrested at the scene and questioned on suspicion of manslaughter. He has been bailed until September.

A Croydon tram (PA) © Provided by The Press Association A Croydon tram (PA) In a statement issued in response to the video appearing to show a sleeping driver, First Group said: “We are very clear that it is unacceptable for tram drivers to lose concentration, for any reason, during their shift.

“We have commenced a full investigation into this incident and will take all appropriate action.

“The driver in question has been suspended from duty pending the outcome of this investigation. We do not tolerate any violation of our safety policies, processes and procedures.”

The company said it has implemented additional measures to increase awareness of fatigue among its drivers, including individual briefings by managers.

It insisted its “commitment to the safety of our passengers is unwavering”.

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