Traincrew on Northern Rail and, presumably, in other TOCs/FOCs will have seen the blue rectangular stickers in driving cabs bearing the ASLEF and British Transport Police emblems.
These stickers give a list of steps that a driver should take in the event of their train striking a person. The list includes obvious things like contacting the signaller and the BTP “Fatality Hotline”. What it does not include is that the driver should inform the guard.
It is true that not all trains have a guard but that can be covered using appropriate wording. Where a guard is present, surely they are the person best placed to assist the driver and passengers in what is a horrible situation? Surely, as someone jointly responsible for the safety of the train, they should be first to know?
ASLEF’s charter states its opposition to any extension of Driver Only Operation. If it is serious about this, surely it shouldn’t write guards out of one of the situations where drivers need them most.