Some typical Hun reporting using known statistics to justify an unrelated statement.
The fatality and injury statistics are correct so far as is known. None of those fatalities resulted from a blameworthy incident where the tram driver has been found at fault. Many injuries are to road vehicle users or pedestrians.
The figure for derailments is from the official records which are required to be kept by all rail operators and includes minor derailments within depots and sidings.
Now we have those figures in context.
Tyrus is quite correct in that trams (in common with all long vehicles) take far longer to clear an intersection than a standard car. And just like any other vehicle they are permitted to continue with right of way provided that the driver has passed the signal displaying a proceed aspect.
That will mean either a green light or a T-light or turn arrow for the tram concerned. Crossing a yellow light is always a subjective decision. Yellow means "Stop unless you are so close to the stop marking that it is unsafe to do so". In most cases a tram will easily pull up at a yellow light but not if the yellow comes up just as the tram approaches, nor if the rail is wet and the tram requires a longer distance to stop safely.
It might be the case that the trams allegedly running red lights as noted by the Hun have in fact been complying with tram-only signals and been permitted to pass a red light applying to road vehicles. It is equally likely that they have been seen crossing an intersection where the front of the tram passed the signal and stop markings legally but has then taken a few seconds to fully clear the intersection during which time the green for the opposing route has come up.
It is a fundamental rule of road use that you only enter an intersection when it is clear and safe to do so. Therefore if a tram has not finished crossing in front of you when your green comes up the right thing to do is wait until your way is clear. It is impatience which leads to as many tram : car collisions as anything.
The fact that only two tram drivers have been booked for running red lights in recent years is actually a testament to the fact that they do
drive safely and within the road rules at all times; that cannot be said for every private motorist, taxi driver, cyclist / motorcyclist or jaywlkaing pedestrian.