December 6, 2013
More tests for train drivers
Florencio Randazzo and Defence Minister Agustín Rossi signed off on an agreement yesterday making it mandatory for metropolitan train drivers to submit themselves to psychological and physical examinations conducted by the National Institute of Aeronautical Medicine (IMNAE) beginning next Tuesday.
That means train drivers will undergo the same kind of rigorous physical and mental exams as those faced by pilots.
Drivers will undergo “exhaustive psycho-physical controls,” in order to improve the security for train passengers, Randazzo said. “This measure is to help passengers and workers that use trains daily,”he said. Up until now, the health checks that drivers were forced to undergo were carried out in private institutions, but Randazzo highlighted that beginning Tuesday, these tests would be done by a “prestigious public entity.”
The minister said that the examination would include: a drug test that would analyze the presence of different types of drugs in urine and blood samples, five psychological aptitude tests, a psychiatric test, sight and hearing analysis, cardiological and neurological reports.
When Randazzo was asked what would happen to a train driver who did not pass the testing, he said that “each situation would be examined on a case-by-case basis,” but if they were able to determine that a worker was not able to drive a train he would be transferred to another sector, emphasizing the person “would not lose his job.”