Dear Reading Transport Limited,
Would you be able to tell me:
A) how your drivers running boards are worked out
B) would you be able to send me the running boards for your services that will operate during the Reading Festival.
Mr T brant
Dear Mr Brant,
Thank you for your email.
Would you be able to let me know why you need this information.
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Dear Customer Services,
This is because I am, and i am sure other people who may be, are interested in the workings of your company.
Dear Mr. Brant
Your request for information made via the Freedom of Information Act was received by us on 29 June 2011 and as you know, our Customer Services staff sought some further details from yourself to which you responded. I am now able to reply to your request as follows.
1. Compilation of Drivers' Running Boards
Drivers' running boards are the means by which information regarding which journeys within a timetable are to be operated by a driver is communicated.
They are compiled from the timetable registered with the Traffic Commissioner such that the journeys to be covered by each vehicle required are listed in chronological order. The start time of each journey and registered timetable points are listed along with the scheduled arrival time at the destination. Other information required by the driver, for example codes to be keyed into electronic ticket machines, also appears.
Drivers are allocated to work a series of journeys from the running board (but seldom all of the journeys listed on an individual board). In most cases drivers will operate journeys from more than one running board, typically, but not limited to, two in the course of a day's work. This enables rest periods to be scheduled between 'stints' of work. The compilation of each driver's duty is governed by Drivers' Hours regulations, which specify maximum driving hours and minimum rest periods. Regard is also paid to an agreement between the company and the drivers' trades union which further limits driving time and provides for more generous breaks than those prescribed by law. Drivers are detailed which running boards are their responsibility to operate between what hours by a recognised system of allocation.
2. Drivers running board for Reading Festival service
Drivers running boards are not a public document and regarded by us as commercially sensitive information. They contain information on how we operate a service which we would not want another operator to have sight of. The format of the information would not be understood by anyone outside of the bus industry and we would refer you therefore, to the public timetable which is published via our website prior to each annual Festival.
Company Secretary and Commercial Manager
Reading Transport Limited
Great Knollys Street
e: [email address]