Bus driver fatigue (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1370
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Will TfL require bus companies to keep a log after any reported collision of how many days in a row a bus driver had had worked, what hour of the shift they were on in their last set of shifts, and when was the last time the bus driver had a break (and for how long)? Will it collate this information at the end of every quarter and provide it to TfL so that TfL can closely monitor if driver fatigue is playing any part in bus collisions?

Answer

Answer for Bus driver fatigue (1)

Answer for Bus driver fatigue (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL requires operating companies to conduct thorough investigations in the event of serious incidents. These investigations would include the fitness of the driver to drive at the time of the incident and whether this was a causal factor. To support the sharing of lessons learnt, the conclusions of major incidents are provided to TfL. We do not believe that creating a centralised logging system in the way that is being suggested will provide additional benefits.

Drivers' hours are governed under the Drivers' Hours Regulations and Working Time Directives. This is supported by the contract between TfL and operating companies. TfL audits compliance with these regulations.