Bus defects (1)

MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


 In your answer to my question 2014/3136, you state that since the 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." Can you confirm that there have not been any VOSA inspections since the 2008 recall where they have required buses to be immediately taken off the road for inspection as they are concerned about this issue? 


Answer for Bus defects (1)

Answer for Bus defects (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There is no link between the recall notice process and the routine practice of bus inspections across the UK by VOSA (now the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency).


Any licensed operator of buses or heavy goods vehicles can be checked in this way and must satisfy the DVSA as to the maintenance standard of its fleet to continue operating.


More importantly, no investigations of serious bus incidents in London have identified foot brake failure as a cause.