Bus Driver Training

MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What percentage of bus drivers have now seen and discussed TfL's training video on cyclists? How long will it be before all drivers have seen it as part of a training course?


Answer for Bus Driver Training

Answer for Bus Driver Training

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As you are aware, all new bus drivers are required to gain a bus driver BTEC qualification within their first year of service. By the end of 2005, all existing drivers had gained the qualification. The BTEC syllabus has always included awareness of other road users, including cyclists. The training video was introduced in 2006 as a support tool for BTEC and for on-going refresher training of BTEC qualified drivers. It is estimated that since its introduction approximately 10% of drivers have seen the video as part of a training course.The level of refresher training for qualified drivers has been steadily increasing and is focused on drivers who have an identified training need. From September 2008, there will be a requirement for all bus drivers to receive a minimum of 7 hours refresher training each year. TfL is working with London's bus operators to ensure that maximum benefit is gained from this training through the provision of high quality training support tools, such as the training video on cyclists.