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Jul 29, 2018 21 tweets 74 min read
@SadiqKhan @TfL #LondonBusWatch Reports from some Bus Depots: "A/C units being fixed" so THANK YOU for taking immediate action @MayorofLondon BUT as TfL Chair @Twitter reports from Bus Drivers & Volunteer Campaigners shouldn't be necessary #LeaveTheBunker @CarolineRussell
@SadiqKhan @TfL @MayorofLondon @Twitter @CarolineRussell As TfL Chair, you shouldn't have to be embarrassed by Bus Drivers calling you on @LBC @mrjamesob #SpeakToSadiq to complain about #BusSafety issue which should not exist b/c TfL's Claire Mann told @oliviat_93 "A/C required on all new buses since 2012" standard.co.uk/news/transport…
@SadiqKhan @TfL @MayorofLondon @Twitter @CarolineRussell @LBC @mrjamesob @oliviat_93 Think about it: if it wasn't for @Unite_Battersea tweeting pictures of the temperature in his bus cab on Social Media AND Bus Driver calling into #SpeakToSadiq AND Olivia's scoop in the Standard, would you—as TfL Chair—have even known about the A/C issue?
@SadiqKhan @TfL @MayorofLondon @Twitter @CarolineRussell @LBC @mrjamesob @oliviat_93 @Unite_Battersea And even though @unitetheunion publicised A/C issue last week unitelive.org/london-bus-dri… (HT>@hajeranblagg) you received a letter from @LEFTBUSES on 8 JULY (to which you haven't responded? WHY?)
@SadiqKhan @TfL @MayorofLondon @Twitter @CarolineRussell @LBC @mrjamesob @oliviat_93 @Unite_Battersea @unitetheunion @hajeranblagg @LEFTBUSES Your response to Caroline Russell @LondonAssembly "If action isn't happening, there are channels Unite has w Transport for London (TfL) to escalate issues." looks like you're recusing yourself—as TfL Chair—of any responsibility to know about critical issues affecting #BusSafety
@SadiqKhan @TfL @MayorofLondon @Twitter @CarolineRussell @LBC @mrjamesob @oliviat_93 @Unite_Battersea @unitetheunion @hajeranblagg @LEFTBUSES @LondonAssembly and you haven't even bothered to answer Caroline Russel's 2nd MQT: Should there be a Maximum Temperature in Bus Driver's Cab? & since it will be Winter, what about a Minimum Temperature? Both are directly related to #BusSafety, so, as TfL Chair #LeaveTheBunker & Answer Q!
@SadiqKhan @TfL @MayorofLondon @Twitter @CarolineRussell @LBC @mrjamesob @oliviat_93 @Unite_Battersea @unitetheunion @hajeranblagg @LEFTBUSES @LondonAssembly And while I'm asking you Questions, I am very concerned about a report I published on Friday from Bus Driver Q entitled "Helter Swelter" saferoxfordstreet.blogspot.com/2018/07/london… Did you read it? Bus Driver Q: "A/C installed, but drive belts broken" You understand right? Installed but Broken. Why?
@SadiqKhan @TfL @MayorofLondon @Twitter @CarolineRussell @LBC @mrjamesob @oliviat_93 @Unite_Battersea @unitetheunion @hajeranblagg @LEFTBUSES @LondonAssembly Well, according to @therealdojj (you saw his tweet to you, right?), Bus Depot Engineers were told to remove belts because A/C uses lots of fuel & it saves money to disable A/C. You got that right? Apparently it's an "Open Secret" - you are TfL Chair - Did you know this?
@SadiqKhan @TfL @MayorofLondon @Twitter @CarolineRussell @LBC @mrjamesob @oliviat_93 @Unite_Battersea @unitetheunion @hajeranblagg @LEFTBUSES @LondonAssembly @therealdojj I know you've said a lot of nice things re "transparency" & corporate governance" but, as TfL Chair (and a lawyer), if you know that TfL's For-Profit Bus Contractors are disabling A/C to reduce costs/increase profits, then you've got a bigger problem on your hands...
@SadiqKhan @TfL @MayorofLondon @Twitter @CarolineRussell @LBC @mrjamesob @oliviat_93 @Unite_Battersea @unitetheunion @hajeranblagg @LEFTBUSES @LondonAssembly @therealdojj By my last calculation, TfL's Private Bus Contractors were paid over £1.9 Billion per year to operate London's Buses & collectively took home more than £135 Million in profits saferoxfordstreet.blogspot.com/2016/11/london… IF they're profiting by degrading Working Conditions & #BusSafety (e.g. A/C)
@SadiqKhan @TfL @MayorofLondon @Twitter @CarolineRussell @LBC @mrjamesob @oliviat_93 @Unite_Battersea @unitetheunion @hajeranblagg @LEFTBUSES @LondonAssembly @therealdojj then, w TfL #SurfaceTransport, you might have a #CorporateManslaughter issue on your hands. Why? Try reading the Act legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2007/19/…. As a lawyer (& TfL Chairman) ask yourself: Doesn't disabling safety-related systems to save money come under the Act's remit?
@SadiqKhan @TfL @MayorofLondon @Twitter @CarolineRussell @LBC @mrjamesob @oliviat_93 @Unite_Battersea @unitetheunion @hajeranblagg @LEFTBUSES @LondonAssembly @therealdojj The Act doesn't protect Boards from Ignorance, so I would highly recommend you get to the bottom of Bus A/C issue b/c I think you'll find it's just the Tip of the Iceberg (your own HSE data shows YoY decrease in Bus Safety Performance very clearly) content.tfl.gov.uk/sshrp-20180620…
@SadiqKhan @TfL @MayorofLondon @Twitter @CarolineRussell @LBC @mrjamesob @oliviat_93 @Unite_Battersea @unitetheunion @hajeranblagg @LEFTBUSES @LondonAssembly @therealdojj & as long as your looking at A/C, why not look at Bus Driver X's Blog about Fatigue-Inducing Rotas saferoxfordstreet.blogspot.com/2014/02/bus-dr… that was written in 2014!
@SadiqKhan @TfL @MayorofLondon @Twitter @CarolineRussell @LBC @mrjamesob @oliviat_93 @Unite_Battersea @unitetheunion @hajeranblagg @LEFTBUSES @LondonAssembly @therealdojj if you, as TfL Chair, order a "root & branch" review of TfL Bus Contract Performance Incentives to see if these degrade Bus Driver Working Conditions & #BusSafety, then that's a start. BTW: Bus Driver X from Feb 2014 is a good place to start saferoxfordstreet.blogspot.com/2014/02/bus-dr…
@SadiqKhan @TfL @MayorofLondon @Twitter @CarolineRussell @LBC @mrjamesob @oliviat_93 @Unite_Battersea @unitetheunion @hajeranblagg @LEFTBUSES @LondonAssembly @therealdojj if you want to understand "precursors" to Fatal Bus Safety Incidents, then don't be shy about asking if Performance Clauses in TfL Bus Contracts actually encourage Unsafe Practice (e.g. removing A/C belts). IMO that was conclusion of @LondonAssembly Report BTW HT>@CarolinePidgeon
@SadiqKhan @TfL @MayorofLondon @Twitter @CarolineRussell @LBC @mrjamesob @oliviat_93 @Unite_Battersea @unitetheunion @hajeranblagg @LEFTBUSES @LondonAssembly @therealdojj @CarolinePidgeon & if you really believe in #VisionZero, then I'd strongly suggest you encourage @TfL to come "clean" on #CroydonCrash #CoverUp b/c your responses to @KeithPrinceAM MQTs just show you digging a deeper hole. Please tell us honestly why TfL didn't send Audit to @raibgovuk @BTP
@SadiqKhan @TfL @MayorofLondon @Twitter @CarolineRussell @LBC @mrjamesob @oliviat_93 @Unite_Battersea @unitetheunion @hajeranblagg @LEFTBUSES @LondonAssembly @therealdojj @CarolinePidgeon @KeithPrinceAM @raibgovuk @BTP It would seem to me that by not coming clean on #CroydonCrash #CoverUp saferoxfordstreet.blogspot.com/2018/07/croydo… that both TfL & @FirstGroupplc TOL are doing their best to "frame" Tram Driver for accident when #Fatigue was reported as a problem already & TfL audit 6 months after crash confirmed
@SadiqKhan @TfL @MayorofLondon @Twitter @CarolineRussell @LBC @mrjamesob @oliviat_93 @Unite_Battersea @unitetheunion @hajeranblagg @LEFTBUSES @LondonAssembly @therealdojj @CarolinePidgeon @KeithPrinceAM @raibgovuk @BTP @FirstGroupplc which takes me back to A/C&Buses: If Bus Drivers've been telling TfL NOW & for YEARS #SafetyCritical Problems=>Directly Attributable to Poor Working Conditions & Operator Actions to meet TfL's Performance Contracts, why, as TfL Chair, do you react only if you're embarrassed?
@SadiqKhan @TfL @MayorofLondon @Twitter @CarolineRussell @LBC @mrjamesob @oliviat_93 @Unite_Battersea @unitetheunion @hajeranblagg @LEFTBUSES @LondonAssembly @therealdojj @CarolinePidgeon @KeithPrinceAM @raibgovuk @BTP @FirstGroupplc I read your #VisionZero Report. TBH unless I actually see some really positive & immediate changes in the way TfL contracts, manages & regulates its Surface Transport Operators then the answer to my November 2012 Blog is "ABSOLUTELY YES" saferoxfordstreet.blogspot.com/2012/11/follow…

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