Bus brake repairs

MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


During the first 9 months of 2014's "Year of the Bus" how many buses in London were taken off the road and repaired as a result of drivers reporting problems with the brakes? Can you provide a breakdown by bus type, route, and subcontractor?


Answer for Bus brake repairs

Answer for Bus brake repairs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Contracted bus operators are responsible for maintaining vehicles in their fleets but it is not necessary for them to report every repair or replacement of a part as this would be a huge and costly information gathering exercise with little tangible benefit.

TfL assures itself as to the condition of the fleet by contracting the Freight Transport Association to independently inspect a significant sample of the vehicles in the fleet each year. This is on top of drivers conducting walk round checks of vehicles prior to starting shifts, operators conducting routine maintenance of vehicles every four to six weeks and legal requirements such as ensuring each vehicle passes its MOT each year. Further assurance practices are undertaken by other bodies such as random spot checks by the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency.