Transport Policing

MQT on 2003-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2003
Question By: 
Toby Harris
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor



Answer for Transport Policing

Answer for Transport Policing

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Although operational for just over a year, the TOCU has achieved excellent results in such a short time. By the end of July, the unit had made approximately 3,000 arrests, including some for serious offences such as assault, possession of offensive weapons, drugs, sexual assaults and rape. Arrests have been made for false driving documents and vandalism on buses, including arson.

Over 100 enforcement operations have been undertaken, clamping down on illegal minicab touts and brining 470 arrests of illegal minicab touts. Borough arrest figures from June 2000 to May 2003 I have here and they will be printed in the written record. In addition, to help keep traffic moving, the unit has issued 75,000 fixed penalty notices for traffic offences, including driving in bus lanes, and has removed 2665 vehicles for parking illegally on red routes. Although it is difficult to desegregate the impact of TOCU from the significant impacts of both London Buses and other operating companies, there are some encouraging signs.

Recent analysis of London Buses performance information has shown that on the TOCU routes compared with those of the network as a whole, they have improved from having an access waiting time that was 20% worse than the network as a whole to only 10% worse by the first quarter of this year. The percentage of scheduled kilometres lost to traffic delays has improved from being 112% above network average to just 80% above network average. So we are moving in the right direction. .