Four Croydon tram drivers admit falling asleep at controls

Four Croydon tram drivers admit falling asleep at controls

BBC investigation finds concerns over failsafe device, and one driver alleges irregular shift patterns caused fatigue

Four drivers have admitted falling asleep at the controls of trams in Croydon, where seven people died in a derailment last year.

The drivers told the BBC that they had fallen asleep while operating trams, with one alleging that irregular shift patterns caused fatigue. Drivers also claimed the dead man’s handle, a failsafe device designed to apply the brakes if the driver is incapacitated, did not appear always to stop the vehicles.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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