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If a Zurich tram or bus driver telephones behind the wheel, he will be dismissed without notice. Elsewhere you are less rigid.

Big mail for the more than 1400 VBZ chauffeurs: In the last few days they have received a letter from their employer. It is expressly pointed out that the use of smartphones and tablets while driving is expressly prohibited.

VBZ spokeswoman Daniela Tobler says that it is a serious violation of the safety and driving service regulations, which are also legally stipulated: "And such a violation leads to termination without notice."

They want to avoid dismissals without notice in the future, which is why they responded with this warning letter: "Because dismissal without notice is not a nice thing for both employers and employees."

Assessment on a case-by-case basis in Bern and Basel

This zero tolerance strategy is not known elsewhere. In Bern and Basel, each incident is checked individually, according to the respective transport companies. According to Bernmobil spokesman Rolf Meyer, the use of cell phones or tablets while driving only has consequences in the event of a recurrence:

Our drivers are not immediately put on the road.
Author: Rolf MeyerSpeaker Bernmobil

However, so it is said in Bern and Basel: In serious cases, the prohibited use of cell phones or tablets can also lead to termination.

Sensitive argument

The responsible union VPOD basically supports the clear position of the VBZ. Passenger safety has top priority. The problem is the evidence. In many cases, passengers' chauffeurs are filmed anonymously and these small films are then sent to the transport companies, says VPOD Regional Secretary Duri Beer: “The threat of termination without notice is such a serious intervention that the evidence must be clear. Or that there must also be a confession. "

And that's not always the case. Beer gives a current example: A chauffeur in Zurich was released because he was anonymously accused of using the iPad while driving. Although the chauffeur denies this and there is no evidence either, the dismissal procedure continues.

Maybe wrongly. Because the tram or bus driver doesn't always type around privately on the iPad or smartphone. For information about interruptions in the route or accidents, the driver must be able to use his iPad, for example. However, the same applies here: only when the tram or bus is stationary. But never while driving.

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  • Comment from W. Pip (W. Pip)
    Two facets go through my head: firstly, we are talking about PROFESSIONAL chauffeurs. It can therefore be expected at ALL TIMES that they behave professionally. Cell phones and tablets have no place in this without discussion. Second: if the professional honor of these people was not dismantled unscrupulously for years and they were relegated to unskilled workers - also in wages - then many of them would not be extinguished, but with heart and soul in the matter!
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  • Commentary from Tom Duran (Tom Duran)
    Just let people live. In Switzerland you feel like you're in a fenced-in prison. Police wherever you look, even bus and train passengers are randomly checked. What kind of problem do they have? Leave us alone, we don't need a government that constantly tells us what to do and what not to do!
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  • Comment from Franco Caroselli (FrancoCaroselli)
    Total life in absolute security has become a plague in Switzerland. Thanks to the so-called deputy sheriff who photograph every police officer, train driver or chauffeur, even a minor mistake can lead to illness. These deputies are asked to never travel to the Eastern Bloc or the South. The fingers would be sore or sick in the head and would go crazy where possible. Thanks to this deputy, open communication between customer and staff is increasingly suffering, and vice versa.
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