Bus Safety

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


What action has TfL taken to design buses to minimise the impact of a bus involved in a collision with a pedestrian or a cyclist? Has the fitting of crumple zones to the front of buses been considered, or modifying the shape of buses to prevent people being crushed underneath?


Answer for Bus Safety

Answer for Bus Safety

Answered By: 
The Mayor

All vehicles in the London Buses' fleet meet the UK's Construction and Use requirements, and are designed to minimise risk to pedestrians, passengers and drivers.TfL take into consideration all research into new vehicle design that might further improve the safe operation of the bus fleet. New designs are incorporated into the vehicle specification, where appropriate. This specification sets out to operators TfL's requirements when new buses are introduced. TfL is unaware of any current evidence to suggest that the devices such as crumple zones or other modifications would further improve safety.