Bus Safety 2

MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What safety measures do TfL currently have in place to prevent incidents where pedestrians or cyclists are injured by collisions with TfL buses?


Answer for Bus Safety 2

Answer for Bus Safety 2

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The entire operation of the bus network is geared around safety with some of the more significant measures including:

       The most rigorous training regime for bus drivers in the UK. This includes identifying avoidable accidents and understanding how best practice can prevent these. TfL has just developed an additional course called 'In the Zone', which focuses on driver behaviour to risk and how this reduce incidents involving cyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users. All 24,000 drivers in the fleet will take this.

       Assessment of risks on all individual bus routes such as turning points and sight lines, and understanding how best to minimise potential hazards

       Covert monitoring of the standard of bus driving across the fleet which can identify performance issues and lead to remedial training where necessary

       Monitoring the outcomes of serious accident investigations and sharing these with all bus operators at regular forums so operation of the network can be continually improved

       Trials of new and innovative pedestrian and cyclist detection systems on buses, and intelligent speed adaptation as part of wider commitments in the Road Safety Plan to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on London's roads.

       Independent monitoring of the engineering standard of vehicles in the fleet so they remain in a good state of repair, minimising the chances of them being a contributory factor to accidents

       Collecting safety statistics across the network and conducting analysis.