Anti-social Behaviour on Buses

Meeting: 
Plenary on 2006-12-06
Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Reference: 
2006/0533
Question By: 
Graham Tope
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Question

There have been allegations from outer London boroughs that young people are using free travel either to indulge in anti-social behaviour on buses or to travel in order to commit crime. Does the experience of bus drivers or the TOCU teams give any evidence that there is truth in these claims?

Answer

Answer for Anti-social Behaviour on Buses

Answer for Anti-social Behaviour on Buses

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

Immediately after the introduction of the scheme there appeared to be some evidence of an increase in the number of alleged crimes on the bus network particularly those involving under 16's as the victims of crime.

However, this increase took place at the same time as a substantial increase in under 16 year old passengers travelling on the network.

More recent figures appear to show that the positive actions taken by TfL, the Transport Operational Command Unit (TOCU) and the MPS are directly impacting on the levels of youth crime on the network, and over the past few months we have seen a reduction in these types of incidents. The figures for the period July to October 2006 show a return in overall levels of crime allegations on the bus network returning to the levels seen in 2005.

Anti social behaviour and youth disorder on the transport network are monitored by TfL and the MPS on a daily basis to identify priority locations pan-London. Reports and intelligence received from bus drivers, local borough police, the MPS TOCU and customers are used to enable effective intelligent-led deployment of policing resources to priority bus corridors and problems areas. TfL and the MPS recognise the importance of close working with local police, the bus operating companies and schools to target anti social behaviour and disorder.