Transport Safety Victoria
Company Info: As an independent regulator, TSV's role is to maintain public confidence in bus, rail and maritime safety across Victoria. They do this by targeting specific, identified safety problems to reduce incidents resulting in death and serious injury. Accordingly, compliance and enforcement activities are driven by the public interest in safe bus, maritime and rail transport and marine recreation in Victoria and are aimed at maximising:
- Duty-holders' understanding of their legislative obligations;
- Duty-holders' voluntary and consistent compliance with these obligations; and,
- A positive safety culture across the bus, maritime and rail sectors.
To minimise regulatory burden while maximising public value for regulatory resources TSV takes a graduated approach of compliance and enforcement. This is guided by TSV’s Regulatory Approach Policy.
For more information: https://transportsafety.vic.gov.au/bus-safety
PROJECT 1: Challenges faced by bus drivers: Improving bus driver health and well-being (CLOSED)
There are a number of factors that impact on the health, safety and well-being of drivers of buses, and, where they are not well managed, such factors can have a flow-on (potentially detrimental) impact on the operation of the bus and the bus service. These factors include, but are not limited to: driver fatigue, ageing and health considerations, scheduling pressures, emerging technologies and potential assaults on/violence towards drivers. This PhD will seek to identify, explore and understand the range of factors that impact on bus driver health, safety and well-being. It will demonstrate how such factors impact (or potentially impact) on the safe and efficient operation of the bus operation, and will propose a range of options to manage impacts with a view to increasing safety of the bus operation to the benefit of both drivers and passengers.
PROJECT 2: Passenger perception of safety on buses (CLOSED)
Buses play an important role in the lives of many Victorians, however, certain events can create a belief that travelling on buses is unsafe, and this can lead to people avoiding bus travel or feeling unsafe when using it. For example, there is evidence that fall-related injuries (particularly amongst older passengers) are increasing. In addition, buses and areas immediately around bus operations (e.g., bus stops) are often the setting for a range of behaviours that span the unpleasant, through to anti-social, illegal and violent, with significant impacts on drivers and passengers. Further, there are cultural considerations and bullying behaviour (particularly for school-aged travellers). This PhD will explore and understand the range of factors that impact on perceptions of safety on buses. It will identify the range of safety-related considerations for passengers of all ages, and propose a range of options (that may include engineering, human factors related and operational responses) to reduce the occurrence and impact of these factors.