Anti-social Behaviour

Meeting: 
Plenary on 2006-12-06
Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Reference: 
2006/0418
Question By: 
Bob Neill
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Question

Anti-social behaviour on buses is a growing problem, made more important considering the central role buses play in TfL's philosophy. Can you detail what measures you are taking to tackle this problem, particularly in the outer London boroughs? What factors would you identify as being central to this problem?

Answer

Answer for Anti-social Behaviour

Answer for Anti-social Behaviour

Answered By: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Thanks to TfL's partnership with the Met Police, we now have more policing on London's buses than ever before.  When the new initiative `Safer Transport Teams' starts in February 2007, residents will benefit from an additional 375 PCSOs working across 21 outer London boroughs

Operation BusTag is another example of successful joint working to tackle crime and disorder.   Since its inception in November 2004, BusTag has tackled criminal damage offenders through the use of on-bus CCTV (which is now fitted to all buses on the network), recently achieving a milestone of over 1000 arrests.

The policing effort is complemented by a number of TfL-led crime reduction and prevention activities; including school education visits and poster campaigns aimed at deterring young people from participating in criminal or anti-social behaviour on the network.

Anti-social behaviour is an unfortunate problem which occurs in society, and public transport reflects the society in which it operates.  However, thanks to initiatives like the ones I have listed above, London's buses are now safer, more controlled and better policed than at any time before.