If a train SPADs in ATO, does it count as a black mark against the operator in the same way as it would on a manual driven train?
An interesting question.
Presumably not for incidents where the rain only moves a short distance past the signal.
But if a train is clearly not going to stop before a red, such as in the video to which rincew1nd linked, is the operator expected to prevent, or mitigate the effects of, the impending SPAD? And in the most egregious cases would they be censured for failing to do so?
Which leads to another question: Do operators on the Victoria line get any opportunity to practice manual driving, so that they can maintain a feel for the braking profile of the trains they supervise - or are they able to maintain that simply by continually experiencing braking in day to day operations?