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Old 14th Nov 2023, 16:42
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Just a question. Are those driving vehicles around airport ramps ever given random alcohol and drug tests before commencing, or even during, duty?
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Old 14th Nov 2023, 18:02
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Originally Posted by FUMR
Just a question. Are those driving vehicles around airport ramps ever given random alcohol and drug tests before commencing, or even during, duty?
Yes, and yes. (Certainly at LHR.)
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Old 14th Nov 2023, 21:19
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Given that ramp agents man the rd system for departures, surely the same can be done for arrivals. VS specify two agents in the rd for arrivals.
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Old 14th Nov 2023, 21:55
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Originally Posted by MichaelKPIT
As someone who was trained to drive airside, and had to pass an airside driving test, I fail to see how this can be blamed on anyone BUT the truck driver. He literally saw a 737 overtake him. It turned right on to the stand, crossing his path. He saw it!! As other posters have said, ground vehicles ALWAYS give way to aircraft. I can't really tell from the video but his speed looks high. And another thing; if you are involved in an accident you do not move the vehicle unless it is causing an immediate obstruction. Ya certainly don't drive it behind an aircraft moving under its own power because of the jet blast!
Likewise re airside driving: I'd surmise the driver was expecting the 737 to turn onto the stand further along, hence hadn't anticipated the aircraft turning right when it did, & realised too late to stop in time. As for their subsequent actions, shock does strange things to people.
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