STA has written to the RTBU committing to put signage in place on the inside and outside of buses by COB Friday that explains the speed limits recently imposed on bendy buses.
As you will be aware, STA imposed a 50km/h speed limit on approximately 150 three-door Volvo bendy buses – mainly metro buses – after Volvo notified them of a fault with a diode in the bus turntable.
Although the RTBU was assured that the fault is of no risk to driver or passenger safety, drivers have since expressed concern about the risk a lack of awareness of the speed limit poses on Sydney roads.
Drivers have reported difficulty in merging traffic and worry about sticking to a 50 km/h speed limit on roads such as the Warringah freeway where speed limits are significantly higher.
We have been monitoring any flow on safety impacts and took these concerns straight to STA management. Read more »
Swift action taken by drivers over safety issues associated with gas-powered buses has forced STA to acknowledge the problem and take the necessary steps to fix it.
The Bus Division appeared today before the Industrial Relations Commission to bring an end to drivers’ dispute with State Transit Authority over safety on gas powered buses.
Last week bus drivers took a strong stand for workplace safety, after video footage came to light showing a dangerous explosion on a gas-powered STA bus in July.
Because of your actions, STA was forced to finally start taking the issue seriously – after months of assuring drivers that everything was fine.
Yesterday drivers were publicly vindicated when STA advised the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) that it would it would be going to tender for fire suppression systems, which will be added to around 250 Mercedes gas-powered buses. Read more »
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