THE HEALTH OF PROFESSIONAL DRIVERS

The report reviews the available evidence on the work-related health problems of bus and lorry drivers and other professional drivers in the UK, and makes recommendations for a significant improvement in their working environment. During the last 20 years, the working conditions of professional drivers have deteriorated. Bus and lorry drivers spend most of their time in a polluted, noisy, and dangerous environment. They are more likely to experience a range of respiratory, gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal disorders. They have an unhealthy lifestyle, and are liable to fatigue and hearing damaged by high traffic noise. Unless action is taken, air pollution, congestion and stress are likely to worsen, and damage the health of drivers still further. Both lorry drivers and the public would benefit if lorries were made much quieter, less polluting, and less intrusive. Their situation could also be improved by managing lorries as part of an integrated multimodal approach to freight transport. Both bus drivers and the public would benefit from new buses and traffic management systems and policies supporting public transport. Ten areas for the immediate improvement of the working conditions of bus and lorry drivers are listed.

  • Corporate Authors:

    TRANSPORT AND GENERAL WORKERS UNION (TGWU)

    TRANSPORT HOUSE, PALACE STREET
    VICTORIA, LONDON,   United Kingdom  SW1E 5JD
  • Authors:
    • WHITELEGG, J
  • Publication Date: 1995

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 17 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00715974
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1996 12:00AM