Crime on Buses

MQT on 2006-04-17
Session date: 
April 17, 2006
Question By: 
Roger Evans
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Do you think that removing free travel for 16's due to criminal or anti-social behaviour is a workable deterrent when personal experience of the boarding buses across the network has shown that drivers rarely ask people who appear under the age of 16 for any form of identification?


Answer for Crime on Buses

Answer for Crime on Buses

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I believe withdrawal of the free concession is certainly a workable deterrent.

Trials with the bus operators are being conducted to improve driver focus on ticketing issues, ensuring that drivers routinely request identification from young passengers if they believe it is necessary.

To be clear, only children aged 14-15 need to carry a Child Photocard. Younger children do not and so drivers would have no reason to request identification.