Crime and disorder on London's buses
Despite relatively low levels of crime on buses, our report reveals crime rates remain higher than two years ago and passengers feel less safe on London’s buses than any other form of public transport. There were over 2 billion passenger journeys in London last year and approximately only one crime for every 50,000 journeys. However, the rate of crime – defined as the number of crimes per passenger journey – while recently decreasing, remains higher than two years ago.
The Committee commends many of the recent initiatives by TfL to reassure passengers. However, it questions whether sufficient consideration was paid to how the free travel scheme for young people would be regulated and its effect on other bus passengers when it was introduced in 2005. The Committee has asked TfL to report back on new free travel enforcement after six months. The Committee also calls on TfL to take further steps including: improving the use of CCTV and exploring the potential for live-streaming; giving additional powers to Revenue Protection Officers and Transport Police Community Support Officers; and recognising the essential role of the driver and training them appropriately.
The following letter was received in response to this report: