Switzerland - Half bus drivers suffer from stress - March 31, 2019

One in two bus drivers is suffering from the symptoms of stress, twice the rate among the general population. ‘Respect for bus drivers has completely disappeared in recent years’, one bus driver declared. Indeed, some 70 percent of bus drivers said that the cyclists who disobeyed the road rules made their job more difficult. Meanwhile, technologies that allow buses to be tracked in real time are also causing stress as drivers fight to ensure their services don’t run late. Asked by union SEV about their reasons for visiting a doctor if they had done so, they cited symptoms including tiredness, anxiety and irritability. It was also found that one third of all drivers had gone to work “without being at full strength”, a result described as ‘alarming’ by the union secretary.

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