Arriva buses

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


I am concerned to see at least two Arriva training buses (blue livery) belching smoke and foul smelling fumes from their exhausts as they drive around the West Norwood area.  This is despite my direct complaints to TfL some weeks ago. What steps does TfL have in place to ensure that bus training fleets are checked for emission standards?  What action will TfL take against operators who run vehicles which fail emission tests?


Answer for Arriva buses

Answer for Arriva buses

Answered By: 
The Mayor

All buses must have a valid MOT before they can operate on the public highway. The procedures for their MOT will include a smoke test, and I can confirm that the training buses you highlight are fully compliant in this respect. Notwithstanding this, Arriva has undertaken an additional smoke test on these vehicles and advised that they remain compliant.

Furthermore, bus operators have rigorous maintenance regimes to ensure their fleets, includes training buses, remain in a good state of repair. TfL undertakes further assurance checks by independently checking a substantial part of the fleet each year to ensure that vehicle standards remain high.

Like other vehicles on the public highway, it would be illegal for buses to be in service without having passed their MOT, and the driver and/or the bus operating company would be at risk of prosecution from the Metropolitan Police if they did so.