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Contributory factors to sleepiness amongst London bus drivers

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posted on 03.08.2020, 09:09 by Karl Miller, Ashleigh FiltnessAshleigh Filtness, Anna Anund, Sally MaynardSally Maynard, Fran Pilkington-CheneyFran Pilkington-Cheney

Driver sleepiness contributes to a substantial proportion of all road crashes. Despite all that is known about driver sleepiness, bus drivers are often overlooked. What is certain is that bus drivers have the potential to suffer from sleepiness as they are shift workers. The current research used a large online survey to investigate sleepiness amongst London bus drivers. There were two aims; to quantify the prevalence of sleepiness amongst London bus drivers, and to determine the factors which contributed to sleepiness. Overall, 20.8% of respondents indicated that they had to fight sleepiness at least 2-3 times a week, and 36.6% of respondents stated that they had experienced a close call due to sleepiness in the past year. There were several potential causes of sleepiness including work, sleep, and personal factors such as obtaining less than 11 h rest between shifts, working 6 or more days without a rest day, and poor self-reported health. These findings show that sleepiness is common amongst London bus drivers and is caused by a combination of factors. The combination of contributory factors suggests that a multifaceted approach should be taken to reduce bus driver sleepiness.

Funding

Transport for London [grant number 94050].

History

School

  • Design and Creative Arts

Department

  • Design

Published in

Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour

Volume

73

Pages

415-424

Publisher

Elsevier

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Elsevier

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour and the definitive published version is available at

Acceptance date

19/07/2020

Publication date

2020-08-06

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

1369-8478

Language

en

Depositor

Mrs Fran Pilkington-Cheney . Deposit date: 30 July 2020