The aftermath of the buggy drag incident on Nottingham Express Transit in December is continuing with the RAIB finding it necessary to release urgent safety advice to all tram operators in the UK. This is advising that tram drivers should conduct checks before setting off that nothing is trapped in tram doors and not just relying on the door interlock system.
As we reported last week the RAIB are investigating this incident which on Friday 15th December saw the plastic weather guard of a pushchair caught in the door of an Alstom Citadis tram and dragged alongside the tram between two stops before it was released. A full investigation will continue but the RAIB have already decided they need to make all UK tram operators aware of the risk and to ensure drivers are aware of the potential issue occurring again.
The exact safety advice given in relation to tram drivers is that they:
* should perform a thorough safety check after obtaining door interlock and before moving the tram to confirm that nothing outside the tram is trapped in the doors
* do not place sole reliance on the door interlock system when deciding whether anything outside the tram is trapped in the doors
* are provided with the means to achieve the above