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Urban designers improve conditions for pedestrians In Istanbul

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Accessibility, All news, Asia, Disabled, Europe, Occupational health and safety, Pedestrian, Social inclusion, Sustainability, Urban planning |

A Turkish group specializing in urban design has presented its dream to make Istanbul a city better suited to pedestrians. The group, TAG Platforms, wants the city “designed with pedestrian-ways”, in which “cars will be prevented from parking on pedestrian-ways, there will be an increase in wheelchair access, and the removal of obstructions from established pedestrian-ways.” Major obstacles include a lack of many car-free zones; few traffic light-controlled pedestrian crossings; and a...

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Union warns that London Underground staff cuts undermine passenger safety

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012 in All news, Employment, Europe, Management, New Technology, Occupational health and safety, Rail, Safety, Services |

The British transport union RMT has praised a driver who rescued a 12-year-old boy from a dangerous situation in London Underground sidings, and warned that the boy would have remained in mortal danger if the train had been driverless. The news came as London Underground announced it would not be introducing driverless trains for the foreseeable future, although the idea has not been ruled out forever and remains part of its rolling stock procurement planning for the 2020s. London Underground...

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Australian bus drivers “fear for their lives”

Posted by on Sep 28, 2012 in All news, Bus, Employment, Occupational health and safety, Oceania, Safety, Security, Services |

Public bus drivers in Queensland and New South Wales are facing so many threats to their safety on night shifts that many are in fear of their lives. So says an ABC News report, citing the Australian Transport Workers Union. The report quotes the union’s passenger transport co-ordinator, Bob Giddens, as saying: “It’s getting to the stage now where drivers are sort of leaving in the morning, wondering if they’re going to be next. “When you return into the depot and...

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Collective bargaining to improve Chinese bus services

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in All news, Asia, Bus, Employment, Funding, Management, Occupational health and safety, Social inclusion, Uncategorized |

Bus companies in Shenyang have signed China’s first ever collective bargaining agreement for public transport workers in a bid to reduce staff turnover levels that are undermining service quality. Shenyang bus drivers work up to 14 hours a day, the Chinadaily website reports, and until the new deal was signed last month their pay had not increased for 10 years. Now they are receiving an immediate 15 per cent rise, and the deal also guarantees them at least one day off each week. Bus drivers...

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Bus driving can be bad for your health

Posted by on Jun 2, 2012 in All news, Bus, Employment, North America, Occupational health and safety |

 Nearly half of all ‘passenger transit workers’ suffer from high blood pressure, which can lead to heart attack and stroke, according to a US federal agency’s recent research.Dr. Tim Bushnell of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) studied the medical records of 214,413 workers in 55 sectors. He found that 41.5% of ‘passenger transit workers’ —  which includes all types of bus drivers, as well as commuter rail, streetcar, subway, van pool,...

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