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Monday, December 23, 2013

Trimet accident statistics prove HOS change was correct

TriMet driver fatigue: New work rules spurred by Oregonian investigation end marathon shifts behind the wheel

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

NOW get rid of the brutal spilits and watch it drop even more!!!!

MAX Redline said...

Can't get rid of the brutal splits - TriMet is "budget-battered". It said so right there in the article.

h. h. said...

My apologies for not knowing exactly how TriMet utilizes part-timers but couldn't more extensive use of part time operators lessen the need for forced full-time split shifts?

At the transit agency from which I retired, we often commented that a part-time bus driver working 2.5 hours makes as much or more than a minimum wage earner working 8-hours.

Part time AM trips and PM trips make excellent jobs for homemakers, older college students, younger retirees, or shift-workers wanting to supplement their earnings by working a 2.5 hour (or so) transit run before or after their full-time job somewhere else.

@nonpartisantoo said...

Let's see if they end up dislocating their shoulders patting themselves on the back. (Those injuries, of course, WILL be covered by their health insurance.)

Henry Beasley said...

HOS guarantees that the op will get only 4-5 hours of sleep from 9 hours off, is that safe....no, then if they are forced into an evening shift as opposed to their normal days, then you have someone on the road that "is" normally sleep during that time driving; is that safe.....no. Now if the op had 12 hours off that number would be between 7-8 hours of sleep is that safe....yes. If the schedules were done in "real-time" you would have no need for an HOS policy, this was clearly not thought out properly with the safety of the general public in mind, it was done in order to stop 5-6 choice ops who wanted to make more money at the expense of real safety in general.
HB