Tramlink strike over device which detects if a driver has fallen aslee

Tramlink drivers are to stage two 24-hour strikes in a dispute about an infra-red device which detects if a driver has fallen asleep.

Members of Aslef on the network in Croydon, south London, will walk out on November 13 and December 6 - writes itv.com.

They say a beam installed in tram cabs shines constantly on drivers' faces. The first of the strikes will take place four days after the first anniversary of the Croydon Tramlink crash which killed seven and injured 51.

Drivers have reported symptoms from headaches and dry eyes to blurred vision and potentially serious eye damage as a result of exposure to this device.

Aslef wants to see a modern automatic tram protection system installed that would stop a vehicle if it was speeding or if the driver became incapacitated. This system does neither. Instead of making the tram network safer it puts the health of drivers at risk and does nothing to prevent accidents in the future.

– FINN BRENNAN, ASLEF

We urge the union to call off this action and continue to work with First Group, the operator of London trams, on making the network safer for everyone.

– TRANSPORT FOR LONDON

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