Bus services and population growth (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Question By: 
Roger Evans
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Mr Mayor, one of the causes of loss of bus services and delays is attacks on staff, which are currently running at a rate of four per day, according to TfL’s own figures.  Obviously some of the routes in London are going to be worse for this than others, in much the way that bus crime attaches itself to certain routes.  Will you ask the policing managers on buses to target some police resources at those places where our drivers are being assaulted or abused, so that we can actually put an end to this sort of behaviour which our employees should not have to face out there on the buses.



Answer for Bus services and population growth (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Bus services and population growth (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Absolutely.  As I said, the crimes on buses, including attacks on drivers, are at an all-time low.  They have come down a long way.  If there are some particular routes we can tackle where this is a problem then of course we should do that.


Roger Evans (Deputy Chairman):  Yes, that is good news, but talking to everyone involved in the bus industry, I think there is a general acceptance amongst employees and managers that there is an under-reporting of assaults and verbal abuse on bus drivers. 


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  We do not tolerate that, Roger, as you know, and we are very tough.  We have signs up for members of the public to inform them of the risks that they run.  We do prosecute.  We prosecute members of the public who assault or who verbally abuse our staff and abuse bus drivers and we will continue to do that.  It is very important to publish and know that.


Darren Johnson (Chair):  Thank you very much.