Information regarding discussions with Wellington City Council in regards to traffic light timing for buses
From: Hugh Davenport
Dear Wellington Regional Council,
I noticed in the comments of the recent Stuff article (https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/1103509...), that there were comments from both the public and from ex bus drivers, that the timing for the orange/amber light was not adequate for a bus to stop safely if there are standing passengers (and potentially if there are no standing passengers).
I would like to request any discussions that GWRC have had with WCC in regards to traffic light timing, and whether they are planned to be fixed to ensure that a bus travelling at 30km/h full of standing passengers can stop safely after an orange light appears, or that the red light does not show until the bus travelling 30km/h has safely made it completely through the intersection.
In addition, I noted the quote in the article, "Tramways Union secretary Kevin O'Sullivan believed bus drivers were facing significant timetable pressure". I understand that GWRC have no direct contact with Tramways Union in the sense an independent contractor, however the bulk of the members of the Tramways Union make up employees of the independent contractors that GWRC engage with. This statement implies that the bus drivers do no have a safety first attitude, rather a timetable driven attitude. This goes against a lot of advice I've received from Metlink over the years.
I would like to enquire whether GWRC are actively trying to promote a safety first culture, whether there are penalties for not meeting timetable demands that could lead to an undue stress increase that could lead to drivers driving recklessly. If GWRC are not actively trying to promote a safety first culture, I would like to enquire when they will start. If there are penalties for not meeting timetable demands, I would like to enquire what the penalties are, and how often they occur.
From: Sam Horsefield
Wellington Regional Council
Acknowledgement of Request for Information
Thank you for your email dated 5 February 2019, requesting information
regarding discussions with Wellington City Council in regards to traffic
light timing for buses
Your request is being followed-up and a reply will be sent to you shortly.
Greater Wellington Regional Council
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