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Driver distraction has the potential to contribute to or cause serious accidents and incidents.

In this case the driver of the passenger train was distracted by engaging in a non-operational conversation with the train manager, and failed to stop his train at a red signal.

On 23 October 2013, the Commission recommended that the Chief Executive of KiwiRail takes the necessary action to reinforce to all staff the existing rule forbidding non-operational conversation with train drivers, and use some means of monitoring compliance with the rule.
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Recommendation 023/13 made to the Chief Executive of KiwiRail is accepted.

Implementation of recommendation 023/13 has commenced with a program of briefings to Locomotive Engineers and on board customer service staff. Compliance is being monitored through the casual and formal observation process.

KiwiRail will provide a further update on progress in the New Year.
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