Device to detect if tram drivers are sleeping

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Dear Transport for London,

According to media reports, a proposed device will be fitted to trams in order to detect if the driver is asleep. For example, see this BBC report:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lon...

Please confirm which department, or committee, made this decision and provide a copy of the document which made the recommendation to install these devices.

Yours faithfully,

J Taylor

FOI, Transport for London

Dear J. Taylor

 

Our Ref:         FOI-1415-1718

 

Thank you for your request received on 9 September 2017 asking for
information about the proposed device being fitted to trams.

Your request will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the
Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy. 

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

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FOI, Transport for London

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Dear J. Taylor

 

Our Ref:         FOI-1415-1718

 

Thank you for your request received on 9 September 2017 asking for
information about the proposed device being fitted to trams.

 

Your request is being considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and our information access policy. I
can confirm we do hold the information you require.

 

However, in accordance with Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act
we are still considering the balance of the public interest in relation to
a qualified exemption that applies to the requested information and have
not yet reached a conclusion. The exemptions under consideration are
section 31(1)(g) – law enforcement, and section 43(2) – commercial
interests. It is estimated that a decision will be reached by 3 November
2017 and I will write again to inform you of that decision.

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

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FOI, Transport for London

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Dear J. Taylor

 

Our Ref:         FOI-1415-1718

 

Thank you for your request received on 9 September 2017 asking for
information about the driver protection device being fitted to trams.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and TfL’s information access policy.
I can confirm we hold the information you require.

 

Our thoughts remain with everyone affected by the tragic derailment which
occurred on 9 November, and we will continue to work to ensure that we
offer those affected any support they need.

 

Following the derailment we carried out a thorough safety assessment and
took the advice of an independent panel of tram experts as part of a
rigorous safety assurance process before resuming services.

 

This included introducing additional speed restrictions and associated
signage near Sandilands and three other locations on the tram network as a
precautionary measure.

 

We will continue to assist the Rail Accident Investigation Branch, British
Transport Police and the Office of Rail and Road and with their ongoing
investigations into this tragic incident.

 

Further information is available on our website:
[1]https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/trams/croydon-t....

 

This page will be updated regularly.

 

You asked specifically:

 

According to media reports, a proposed device will be fitted to trams in
order to detect if the driver is asleep. For example, see this BBC report:

[2]http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lon...

 

Please confirm which department, or committee, made this decision and
provide a copy of the document which made the recommendation to install
these devices.

 

As part of the continuing programme of work intended to prevent, as far as
possible, a reoccurrence of such an event, we established the need for a
driver protection device and worked with the tram industry to identify
suitable suppliers. Please find attached a Public Transport Portfolio
Board (PTPB) paper of  26 July 2017 which summarises the evaluation of
relevant products from two suppliers and made a recommendation for the
Chair of the PTPB to approve the purchase of a protection support device
supplied by Seeing Machine. The PTPB is responsible for providing
strategic direction across TfL’s Surface Transport directorate and
ensuring an optimum balance of projects to achieve Public Transport
outcomes. Its Chair has delegated project authority within agreed levels.

 

Also attached is a paper of 8 August 2017 submitted to the London Trams
Modification Panel to record the operational change implications of the
installation of the device. Concerns raised since installation about
possible health implications of the device are being addressed through
appropriate channels. Please note that the dates referred to in the paper,
in particular the 31 August for the device to be powered up and enter
service, have been extended since this document was prepared to enable a
longer period for calibration and testing with drivers.  

 

In accordance with the FOI Act, we are not obliged to supply some of the
information contained in the paper as it is subject to statutory
exemptions to the right of access to information under sections 43(2) and
31(1)(g).

 

In this instance the section 43(2) exemption has been applied to the cost
information contained within the document as disclosure would be likely to
prejudice our commercial interests, as well as those of the companies
named in the paper – Seeing Machine and PCG. Prejudice would be likely to
occur when we go out to tender for this as it would be likely to result in
a clustering of bids based on how much the estimated costs are. Disclosing
this information could also be prejudicial to the ability of Seeing
Machine and PCG’s ability to compete for tendering opportunities with
other companies in the future, as their competitive edge would inevitably
be prejudiced by disclosure of a detailed breakdown of their price.

 

The use of this exemption is subject to an assessment of the public
interest in relation to the disclosure of the information concerned. TfL
recognises the need for openness and transparency by public authorities
but in this instance the public interest in ensuring that TfL is able to
obtain the best value for public money outweighs the general public
interest in increasing transparency of our processes.

 

Additionally, some information in the paper has been redacted, in
accordance with the exemption at section 31(1)(g) of the FOI Act, as the
information you have requested relates to ongoing investigations being
conducted into the derailment at Sandilands.

 

The use of this exemption is subject to an assessment of the public
interest in relation to the disclosure of the information concerned. We
recognise that there is considerable public interest in the safe operation
of the tram network. There is also a considerable public interest in
ensuring that the investigations underway are able to reach conclusions,
and recommend appropriate actions, that take full account of all available
material. On balance, and taking into account the fact that the current
investigations remain live, we consider that the public interest supports
the application of the exemption in this case.

 

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Protection Act 1998 (DPA) some personal data has been removed, as required
by section 40(2) of the FOI Act. This is because disclosure of this
personal data would be a breach of the DPA, specifically the first
principle of the DPA which requires all processing of personal data to be
fair and lawful. It would not be fair to disclose this personal
information when the individuals have no expectation it would be disclosed
and TfL has not satisfied one of the conditions of Schedule 2 of the Data
Protection Act which would make the processing ‘fair’.

 

This exemption to the right of access to information is an absolute
exemption and not subject to an assessment of whether the public interest
favours use of the exemption.

 

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable
to access it for some reason, please feel free to contact me.

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

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