Bus defect (1)

MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Can the Mayor assure Londoners that the footbrake failure to operate defect identified on 25/06/2008 in VOSA's Recall Notice R2008/098 relating to Volvo Chassis of B12M, B7L and B7TL built between 01/01/1999 and 01/01/2002, has been dealt with on all buses with these chassis types in use on TfL bus contracts, and can he also provide details listing the vehicles involved and the operators supplying them to TfL.


Answer for Bus defect (1)

Answer for Bus defect (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Yes, all such buses in the London area were inspected and modified when the Volvo notice was issued. Since that recall date, there have not been any serious bus accidents in which foot-brake failure has been a factor according to TfL's monitoring of investigations.

As the average age of buses in London is around six years, very few buses built by any manufacturer between 1999 and 2002 are now present. TfL seeks assurance on the condition of buses through independent Engineering Quality Monitoring of around a quarter of the fleet each year and continually reviews safety in respect of the outcome of incident investigation.