TfL Bus driving

MQT on 2013-10-23
Session date: 
October 23, 2013
Question By: 
Victoria Borwick
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


1.    How many hours is a bus driver's shift and what are the permitted rest breaks?

2.    Would TfL consider studying whether accidents are linked to gaps in the service or shift patterns? For example, when a driver tries to make up time to keep within a schedule, or when a bus driver is tired near the end of their shift?


Answer for TfL Bus driving

Answer for TfL Bus driving

Answered By: 
The Mayor

(1)  Driver hours for buses in TfL service in London are covered by the Transport Act 1968 as amended by the Drivers Hours (Passenger Vehicles) Order (SI 1971 No818) which is highly prescriptive in the time allowed for layovers and rest periods.

The legal maximum for a single driving spell under British domestic rules is five hours 30 minutes before a break and the maximum daily duty is 10 hours although this top-end threshold is seldom reached in London. TfL undertakes audits of bus operators to ensure compliance with a range of regulations including driver duty hours.

(2)  TfL can find no evidence to suggest that driver hours are a significant factor in collisions on the bus network and has strict assurance processes in place to ensure driver hour regulations are complied with.