INTRODUCTIONBus rapid transit (BRT) systems (eg, the Transmilenio system in Bogota) are a growing means of transportation globally. Empirical evidence gathered over the past 50 years indicates that, compared to other occupational groups, commercial or professional drivers, in general, have a greater risk of suffering chronic cardiovascular, musculo‐skeletal, and gastrointestinal diseases, obesity, and hypertension, as well as mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, and post‐traumatic stress disorder due to traffic accidents and working conditions. Futhermore, considering the strong similarity between working conditions of BRT drivers and other groups of commercial drivers (eg, city and intercity bus drivers, and cargo carrier drivers), it is possible that BRT drivers, like commercial drivers, face risk factors for accidents such as monotonous conditions, bad roads, consumption of CNS stimulants, age as well as work stressors such as time pressures, time‐binding, shift‐work, high physical and mental demands, and job strain.BRT drivers in Bogotá drive in somewhat different conditions than other urban bus drivers (eg, they have an exclusive bus lane and they don't receive money from the passengers), so one would expect for their conditions to be more favorable. On the other hand, they are often exposed to other sources of psychosocial stress
American Journal of Industrial Medicine – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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