Buses idling

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/4476
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Further to MQ 2014/2796, I am still receiving complaints about buses idling particularly in Wood Green and Enfield Town. What further action will you take to stop this polluting and noisy practice?

Answer

Answer for Buses idling

Answer for Buses idling

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I take engine idling extremely seriously. In 2012 I launched a ground-breaking £1 million marketing campaign raising awareness about the issue as part of my broader package of measures to improve London's air quality.

For buses specifically, bus drivers receive training on the importance of not leaving their engines running unnecessarily to ensure they are aware of their role in helping improve London's air quality and keeping down noise.

Should you receive any complaints I would ask that you and your constituents report them directly to TfL via their customer service number on 0343 222 1234. In the event such a problem is highlighted to TfL, operational staff will be deployed to the area in question to carry out spot checks and will remind bus drivers of the need to turn off engines when stationary.