Accessibility of Buses

Meeting: 
MQT on 2003-02-26
Session date: 
February 26, 2003
Reference: 
2003/0664
Question By: 
Samantha Heath
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What training and guidance is given to bus drivers to ensure that buses pull up close enough to pavements to enable passengers in wheel chairs or with buggies and prams to safely and easily mount and dismount form low floored buses?

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Answer

Answer for Accessibility of Buses

Answer for Accessibility of Buses

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I fully recognise, as does TfL, that action is needed to achieve improvements in the overall quality of driving and customer care on the bus network. This includes measures to ensure that buses can and do pull up close enough to pavements to enable passengers in wheelchairs or with buggies to safely and easily use low floored buses.A key initiative currently being introduced by TfL is a new BTEC qualification to raise skills levels and give drivers a recognised qualification over and above their initial PCV licence. From September 2002 all new drivers have been required to register for this training and be expected to gain the qualification within 12 months. It is also vital that the bus stops are kept clear of obstructions. This aspect of enforcement is a key objective for the Transport OCU, and the boroughs for decriminalised parking enforcement. .