DNA Testing Kits

Meeting: 
MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Reference: 
2007/0937
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Will the mayor use his influence to ensure that transport staff and other public workers have access to DNA testing kits to deter incidents of spitting?

Answer

Answer for DNA Testing Kits

Answer for DNA Testing Kits

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL has ordered a supply of DNA kits and they will start to be available to Arriva bus drivers in June. The supply of the kits will be on a rolling programme so that all bus operating staff, including TfL Revenue Protection Inspectors and other operational staff, will have access to them in the future.The issuing of these kits to bus staff as well as being a deterrent will also assist in identifying people who spit at bus staff and will aid in any prosecutions that follow.