Violence on Buses [written]

Meeting: 
MQT on 2003-02-26
Session date: 
February 26, 2003
Reference: 
2003/0658
Question By: 
Nicky Gavron
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

How many incidents of violent and disorderly behavior have been recorded by drivers or the police on each bus route over the last year?

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Answer

Answer for Violence on Buses [written]

Answer for Violence on Buses [written]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Some 7,102 cases of malicious incidents were reported to London Buses during the period January 2002 to December 2002. However, many incidents of disorderly behaviour go unreported. These include missile throwing where buses are not significantly damaged, etching to bus windows, graffiti etc. London Buses has a wide range of initiatives to combat disorder that may impact on bus services. Many of these initiatives are undertaken in partnership with other agencies. These include:¨ - Schemes as Truancy Watch and BUSWISE, the schools education programme.¨ - Fitting CCTV to all buses operating contracts on behalf of London Buses to be completed by 2004.¨ - Building upon the success of my Transport Policing Initiative with a view to expand the Transport OCU and a focus on an area based policing capability to address specific issues across the bus network on a 24/7 basis.¨ - The capability to support the needs of TfL in reducing traffic congestion. .