SCOTLAND – CALLS FOR REGULAR CHECKS AFTER AGENCY WORKER LORRY DRIVER FALLS ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL
Union and opposition leaders in Edinburgh have called for regular checks to be introduced to ensure bin lorry drivers are fit to be on the road after an agency worker twice fell asleep at the wheel.
The Edinburgh incident -which is understood not to have been caused by an underlying health issue - happened only weeks after six pedestrians in Glasgow were killed by a runaway bin lorry. Critics said that temporary drivers drafted in by the city council were too often left "to get on with the job" and should be subject to the same stringent vetting procedures as in-house staff. They also backed the introduction of tougher procedures to maintain performance and safety standards, including regular health checks.