Metropolitan Police investigations of bus collisions

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1375
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Met investigations of TfL bus collisions where fatalities or serious injuries have occurred currently do not collect data such as the Controller's last communications with the bus driver or the degree of excess waiting time that is shown by the bus's Headway indicator. Do you agree that it would be prudent for the Met to analyse this data to identify cases where a driver's actions have caused injury or death?

Answer

Answer for Metropolitan Police investigations of bus collisions

Answer for Metropolitan Police investigations of bus collisions

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The investigation into a serious collision involving a bus takes into account all relevant factors. If the circumstances cannot be explained by witness testimony or CCTV the investigators will seek to identify all possible causes or reasons for the crash however this will not be a "check list" of actions.

Every collision is of course unique and investigations are proportional. There may be occasions when the manner of driving might be ascertained from driver communications and the headway indicator as suggested. This data is available to and is assessed by our specialists where relevant.