Bus speeding - Chamberlayne Road

MQT on 2014-07-23
Session date: 
July 23, 2014
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I have been approached by local Councillors and residents about buses speeding along Chamberlayne Road NW10. Brent council has introduced a new 20mph zone. How does TfL ensure that bus drivers do not exceed local speed limits?


Answer for Bus speeding - Chamberlayne Road

Answer for Bus speeding - Chamberlayne Road

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The volume of traffic on public highways and need for buses to frequently stop to pick up and drop off passengers makes it difficult for bus drivers to achieve speeds approaching the limit most of the time in London.

Bus drivers are not only at risk of prosecution if they exceed speed limits, they also face the additional deterrent of disciplinary action and losing their livelihood, if driving is judged to be significantly below the standard expected.

All London Bus drivers undergo extensive training, which includes speed awareness. They are also subject to scrutiny in the form of independent quality monitoring of their driving with the results fed back to the operators concerned for action where appropriate. While TfL is not the enforcement authority for bus speeds along Chamberlayne Road, it works with the police and other authorities if evidence of non-compliance were brought to its attention.

All reports to TfL customer services regarding driver speeding are followed up with the operator concerned. 

More broadly TfL is also currently taking forward a trial of intelligent speed adaptation equipment on buses.