Occupational Standard for the Metro Drivers is now in force in Turkey

Occupational Standard for the Metro Drivers is now in force in Turkey :An occupational standard has been issued for the train drivers in urban rail systems.According to this occupational standard, developed by All Rail System Operators Association (TÜRSİD), the train drivers working in urban rail systems will now have to obey many rules besides the traffic and safety regulations.

The train drivers will be required to identify the potential dangers and take all necessary measures to eliminate such danger, to support related activities. In case there is a danger that cannot be eliminated immediately, the driver shall notify the related authorities. If requested they shall participate in the commissions established after an accident or an incident. They will be required to report any accident and incident they encounter to the related entities both in writing and verbally and if requested they shall participate in the accident and incident prevention activities.

They will be required to control the passengers boarding and leaving the vehicles.
The drivers will be required to control the passengers boarding and leaving the train. They will be responsible from assuring that the doors are fully closed and checking the signaling before moving the train. They will also notify the traffic controller about cracked rails along the line, any foreign objects, ruptured power supply lines and failures on signaling equipment. They will also obey the instructions of the police at crossings.

The drivers will be required to obey the speed limits and signs as well as those giving the related signs and conduct related controls at work areas.

Evacuation of passengers in case of fire
In case of a fire, the train driver will be required to identify the fire zone by referring to the alarms and other warning channels. If possible, the driver shall drive the train to the nearest station and implement passenger evacuation procedures. If the train is in a tunnel and cannot move, then the driver will first ensure that the line is de-energized and then start passenger evacuation, leading them in the opposite direction of the smoke flow.

Establishing a security cordon in case of a suspicious package
If a suspicious package is found, then the driver shall implement the related procedure for passenger evacuation and then proceed with having the related security personnel dispatched to the area where the suspicious package was found and ensure that a security cordon is established in the related area. The driver will then wait for the authorization of the traffic controller for him to drive the train, after the related emergency units intervene with the suspicious package and the danger is over.

The driver will be responsible from first aid
In case a passenger/ object is observed on the tracks, the driver will immediately stop the train. If there is a train-vehicle collision, then the driver will notify the accident, giving the train number and the location of the accident.

Will take photographs of damages
If there is an accident, the driver will leave the train to see if there is anybody that is injured. In case there is an injured person, he/she shall implement the related measures according to the related procedures.
The driver will then take the photographs of the train and roadway vehicle, regarding the damages or will have someone take the photographs.

If there is a train-train collision, the driver shall first request the line to be de-energized. He/she will then make the necessary announcements inside the train to inform and lead the passengers and start the evacuation of the train.
In case there is an injury, sickness, fight, burglary and resistance to the personnel working, then the driver shall implement the emergency communication procedures.

The driver will have to remain calm in case of an emergency
In case of emergency or stressful situations, the driver should remain calm. He/she will be responsible from providing correct and timely information to his/her supervisors and colleagues. The driver should be patient and understanding against his colleagues. The driver will be required to be open to changes and improvements and adapt to the changing conditions. The driver is required to reduce consumption of natural resources to the extent possible. He/she should take care in public relations and work in compliance with occupational health and safety guidelines and instructions. The driver will be required to be a person who is focused on finding a solution in problems encountered.

Occupational Standard for the Metro Drivers is now in force in Turkey

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