Anti-social behaviour on buses

MQT on 2012-09-19
Session date: 
September 19, 2012
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Following feedback that some London buses are prone to becoming places of anti-social behaviour - for example, littering, spitting and damaging property - will you consider increasing Safer Transport Team presence and CCTV monitoring; pursing more stringent by-laws to prosecute offenders; or indeed introducing any other measures to make buses cleaner, safer and more pleasant for all passengers?


Answer for Anti-social behaviour on buses

Answer for Anti-social behaviour on buses

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am pleased to say that bus related crime is falling consistently. It is at its lowest level in eight years, with just nine crimes per million passenger journeys. In the last financial year, bus crime dropped by more than 9 per cent (2,250 crimes), including a reduction of 14 per cent in bus related criminal damage. In the same period, recorded youth disorder Driver Incident Reports (DIRs) fell significantly by 25 per cent, continuing the trend seen the previous year.

This is the results of TfL's successful partnership with the MPS, City of London Police and the bus operators, to ensure buses are a low crime environment and to make buses safe and pleasant for the travelling public.

TfL funds 32 MPS Safer Transport Teams who provide a visible, reassuring presence on the local bus network across the capital. There are around 2,000 officers (including an additional 414 warranted officers I introduced earlier this year) patrolling on London's public transport. Their policing is based on intelligence-led deployment and working closely with TfL's Revenue Protection Inspectors to tackle antisocial behaviour and ensuring that all young people in receipt of free travel abide by the behaviour code.

TfL has enhanced the powers of approximately 50 Revenue Protection staff using the Accredited Persons Police Reform Act 2002 Schedule 5. These enhanced powers, granted under the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme, assist these RPIs in dealing with a range of antisocial issues on the bus network.

One of my first acts as Mayor was the introduction of the alcohol ban on public transport to crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

TfL has also ensured that every London bus is fully fitted with CCTV. The CCTV on all of London's 8,500 buses acts as both a major deterrent and an invaluable tool in investigations. The very high quality digital images provide police with evidence in order to apprehend and prosecute offenders.

TfL spearheaded the development of road transport premises byelaws to give Police and TfL enforcement staff the powers to deal with antisocial behaviour such as spitting, urinating, littering and noise at bus stations and stops. TfL enforcement staff also use the Public Service Vehicle regulations to deal with antisocial behaviour on the bus. There is more to be done, including the introduction of a Courtesy Card for under 16s.

If you have any specific routes or locations that are of concern, please let TfL know.