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Metroline bus drivers’ anger at electronic monitoring

Issue No. 2141

There is growing anger among bus drivers at Metroline’s Perivale garage in west London over a monitoring technology that is being trialled on the depot’s 100 buses.

Drivers have a device installed in the cab that can monitor up to 120 driving manoeuvres and gives instant feedback through a “traffic light” display on their dashboard.

Results can be accessed by the driver or by management.

A driver told Socialist Worker, “We don’t like being watched in this way. the lights are very distracting and are just adding to drivers’ stress.”

Management has tried to encourage drivers to identify with the scheme by offering cash prizes for the “best” and “most improved” drivers.

But many drivers are concerned that the technology could be used in the future to discipline drivers.

Metroline suggests that the technology will improve safety.

But if the company really wants to address safety concerns it should improve the low pay that means drivers are forced to work dangerously long hours just to make ends meet.

A threat of unofficial strike action by drivers at Sovereign’s Harrow garage in west London has forced a climbdown from managers over plans to impose a seven-day rota.

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Tue 3 Mar 2009, 18:33 GMT
Issue No. 2141
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