Drugged tram driver banned

A tram driver faces disciplinary procedures for working while being high on drugs.Vienna public transport agency Wiener Linien announced today (Thurs) the 25-year-old was suspended after a drug test showed he steered a line 71 tram under the influence of illegal substances yesterday. The company did not reveal what kind of drugs the man had been on.He was stopped by police alerted by worried passengers after the driver failed to stop at a station.Wiener Linien stressed it had a strict zero tolerance policy about alcohol and drugs, adding that it carried out around 2,000 breathalyser and drug tests without previous notice every year. The company employs around 3,200 tram, bus and underground drivers.Austrians use public transport services for more kilometres annually than all other Europeans except for the Swiss and the Czechs, according to the Austrian Traffic Club (VCÖ).The body said earlier this year every Austrian averagely travelled 2,890 kilometres on public transport annually, whereas the average Swiss went 3,320 kilometres and the average Czech 2,900 kilometres.