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Without a doubt, becoming a train driver is one of the most rewarding jobs out there! Throughout the world, Train Operating Companies (TOCs) look to recruit people with a passion for delivering excellent care and safety to its customers. However, becoming a Train Driver isn’t easy. Safety Awareness is integral to the role, and as such, many candidates fail the selection process for not truly understanding and being able to demonstrate the safety requirements!


As a train driver, the safety of your passangers and rail staff are your responsibility. All train drivers must be able to strictly adhere to protocol, policy, and procedures.

This isn’t always as simple as it sounds, as there are many policies in place with NO room for interpretation. They must be followed to the letter.

Therefore, trainnee train drivers and qualified train drivers are tasked with completing tough recruitment assessments during the train driver selection process.

This can be in the form of Safety Situational Judgement Exercises (SJE) or Safety Awareness Comprehension Assessments.

Both are common throughout the UK and worldwide train driver recruitment processes.

TOCs have a rigorous assessment, selection, and interview process that is often centred on Safety Awareness and the ability to follow rules and procedures. If you are applying for any job role with any Train Operating Company, we strongly recommend you spend time learning and understanding these safety principles because, without them, your chances of success will reduce significantly!


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The values are the foundations of a Train Driver’s success. In essence, they are the bedrock of what Train Operating Companies expects from its staff.

“Train Dirvers must exercise a thorough awareness of applicable health and safety legislation, statutory operating requirements, keep updated with any additions to legislation and industry processes, as well as the core safety standards and procedures.

Continually monitor rail legislation and organisational process compliance. Take ultimate responsibility for all passengers, employees, and cargo; ensuring that all regulations are followed via safe and efficient train operation. Constructively challenge dangerous behaviour at all levels and report to the appropriate authorities.”

A brief overview and explanation of the requirements of a train driver and the assessible quailities needed are as follows:

Job Titles: Passenger Train Driver, Freight Train Driver, On-Track Machine Driver,  and Depot Driver.

Occupational Description: Train drivers are in charge of operating trains in a safe, timely, and cost-effective manner along varied routes while adhering to rail laws, regulations, and procedures. A Train Driver may operate in a variety of rail contexts, including high-speed, passenger, freight, metro, suburban, cross-border, depots, sidings, or maintenance sheds, transporting people, cargo, or empty coaching stock, or operating on-track machinery to undertake infrastructure maintenance. 

Train drivers required to operate alone for extended periods of time; they must be able to maintain a high degree of focus and make rapid complicated judgments in both regular and abnormal circumstances, such as severe weather, infrastructure breakdowns, and emergency situations.

Train Drivers must be able to communicate with stakeholders effectively and correctly, and they may be expected to oversee others in order to ensure that rules are followed via safe and effective train operation. On the train, a driver is in charge of the passengers, crew, and cargo. Communication with the signaller, crossing attendant, operations control, other rail sector staff, or the transport and civilian police is one of the responsibilities.

Typical responsibilities include: 

  • It is your responsibility to ensure that the train is in good working order before it is put into operation. 
  • At ALL times, drive the train SAFELY and on schedule. 
  • Having a thorough understanding of the route’s characteristics and how to respond to changing situations 
  • Assuring that the proper process is followed continuously throughout the journey 
  • Responding to consumer inquiries in a timely, courteous, and professional way

Now that we have explored the Train Driver Safety Awareness Values, you can use what you have learnt to answer our unique assessment questions to help you to fully understand the safety comprehension expected by Train Operating Companies, and know when to use these during the trainee train driver and qualified train driver selection process including the application, assessments and interviews.


Of course, reading and memorising the saftey principles is a completely appropriate method to prepare for the train driver selection process.

However, practising answering exam questions that concentrate on the safety principles and policies expected of train drivers may be a better option as you can put these princlples into practice. If you practise a lot of exam questions, your understainding of how the assessors expect you to demonstrate safety awareness will ultimately become second nature. This will come in handy when you apply to become a train driver, undertake sifting tests, go in for your interview, and take the train driver assessments.

Let’s look at some sample assessment test questions that focus on the safety awareness.


You are a train driver coming to the end of your shift. As you walk down the platform, you notice an item of clothing hanging above the OLE over your train. What do you do first?

A. Put on the appropriate PPE and safely climb onto the train’s roof and remove the object from the overhead line.

B. Contact the ECO (electrical control operator) and inform them of the obstruction so they can switch off the power to the OLE.

C. Tell your supervisor about the issue so they can escalate this issue to the ECO or signaller.

D. As this is not obstructing the train, there is no need to do anything as this will not cause any issues.


Explanation – You must contact the ECO or signaller if you do not usually contact the ECO as part of your role. It is vital that the power is switched off. If the process states that you contact the signaller, they will then contact the ECO to switch off the power to the affected equipment. Once the power is switched off, the designated person with the correct training will remove the clothing and check for damages.

You are driving a two-carriage passenger train late at night, when all of a sudden a passenger pushes the emergency communications button. There is no train guard on board, and you are solely responsible for the safety of the train and the passengers. What would you do?

A. Immediately bring the train to a safe stop before investigating what the problem is. Once you have investigated the problem, you will inform the signaller.

B. Carry on driving to the next station. If there is an incident, such as an attack, the last thing you want to do is put yourself in danger, too.

C. Immediately push the plunger to speak to the passenger and if required bring the train to a safe stop and inform the signaller before investigating the reasons for the train being stopped.

D. Leave the train running and walk back down the carriage to investigate what the problem was.


EXPLANATION – Immediately push the plunger to speak to the passenger and if required bring the train to a safe stop and inform the signaller before investigating the reasons for the train being stopped.

You are trying to communicate a difficult safety message to the signaller whilst driving your train. The signaller has difficulty understanding a particular word you are saying to him. What would you do?

A. Keep repeating the word until he understands.

B. Use the phonetic alphabet to say the word and ask him to repeat it back to you once he understands.

C. Use the phonetic alphabet to say the word.

D. Move on and finish the rest of your message. Hopefully, he will understand the word you were trying to tell him from the rest of the information you provide to him with.


EXPLANATION – In this situation, you should use the phonetic alphabet to state the word. Once this is done, you should ask them to repeat what you have said for confirmation. It is a safety-critical aspect that the driver and signaller have complete understanding when contacting one another.

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