Do I look fat in this?

Tasmanian bus drivers have expressed concern about public focus on their waistlines

Do I look fat in this?
Do I look fat in this?

By Sean Muir |
November 20, 2012

Tasmanian bus drivers are concerned about
heavy public focus on their waistlines following media reports last week that bus driver over 130 kilograms would be sent to gym.

Bus drivers weighing more than 130 kilograms were taken off duty this week to begin health programs to get them in shape for work.

Metro Tasmania
Chief Executive Heather Haselgrove says about
two percent of the operator’s 260 drivers have begun medical evaluations and are now set to begin fitness programs.

"They have to see their doctor first, then they will go to a dietician who will work with them on improving how, when and what they eat, and then there is a fitness person who will work with them on devising a program to improve their level of activity," Haselgrove says.

Metro announced last week
plans to
pay for
drivers to lose weight if they exceeded a 130 kilogram weight limit for bus driver seats.

The announcement was followed by heavy media coverage, most of which Haselgrove says was positive.

But Haselgrove says the coverage has also led to some drivers feeling the public is now judging them based on weight.

"Some of the drivers reported that they thought they were being evaluated on whether they were one of the overweight drivers," she says.

Haselgrove says although some employees still driving may be considered overweight,
all the drivers
exceeding the weight limit are off the road.

"It's about safety," she says.

"The seats are only rated to 130 kilograms and if
we exceed that we would be putting the drivers at risk and they would be putting themselves at risk."

drivers taken off duty are expected to return to driving duties within six months.

"One driver should be back on the road next month, the others may take a bit longer – it depends how much they are over the weight limit for the seats," she says.

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