The Road Operators’ Safety Council (ROSCO) was founded in 1955 by association and trade unions representing road transport employers. Today, ROSCO is governed by 12 members – these include bus and coach company representatives, trade unions and other industry organisations. ROSCO aims to:
- Encourage and provide support for corporate bodies or associations which represent operators, owners and employees in relation to road safety issues
- Promote, organise and support competitions and schemes which make awards to road transport vehicle operators or employees for safe driving
- To promote accident prevention measures and encourage safety on the roads
- To support research into accident prevention
In 1955, the ROSCO Safe Driving Awards Scheme began, and at the same time a Conductors’ Award of Merit scheme started, although this has now disappeared. The ROSCO Top Driver Award is an annual award which is open to all ROSCO members, who can nominate their drivers with the most years of safe driving experience under the scheme.
In 2013, John Ward, a Stagecoach bus driver from Manchester, received the award plus a cheque for £500 for over 37 years of continuous safe driving. ROSCO also sponsors other national awards including Bus Driver of the Year and the UK Coach Awards.
Injured on public transport – can you claim compensation?
When you travel on a bus or coach, you trust the driver to get you to your destination quickly and safely. If an accident happens and you are injured, are you entitled to claim compensation from the bus or coach company? It depends. If the driver has been negligent, or if the coach or bus has been poorly maintained – i.e. it hasn’t been properly checked or serviced, and this led to the accident, you may be able to claim. Driver negligence could include:
- Being distracted by the radio, their mobile phone, eating or drinking at the wheel
- Failing to pay attention to road signs
- Not paying attention to poor road conditions such as standing water or ice
If you have been injured, get in touch with a personal injury lawyer and they’ll usually be able to tell you straight away if you have a viable claim.
You should contact Accident Advice Helpline as soon as possible after your accident, although there is a three year time limit in place to make a claim. We’ll talk through your individual situation with you and offer confidential, no-obligation advice – it’s a chance to ask any questions you may have.
If you decide to go ahead with a claim for compensation, we operate a 100% no win, no fee* service, so there are no upfront fees. Call our freephone 24/7 helpline today, to see how we can help you claim compensation.
Date Published: September 9, 2014
Author: David Brown