Bus Safety - HGV vehicles

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Reference: 
2015/1052
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

HGV Lorries in London are to be fitted with equipment that will protect cyclists and pedestrians. Why have TfL not chosen to extend this to the bus fleet?

Answer

Answer for Bus Safety - HGV vehicles

Answer for Bus Safety - HGV vehicles

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Unlike HGV, buses do not have blind spots immediately adjacent to the driver's cab and are fitted with side mirrors that provide a continuous view along the vehicle. In terms of the front near-side door, some HGV manufacturers are now moving towards a London bus design as part of the Construction Logistics and Cyclists Safety (CLOCS) Standard, with lower cabs and continuous glass panels in the nearside door to provide greater visibility.

TfL has however, trialled passenger and cyclist detection equipment on a small number of buses to see if safety can be enhanced and is looking to extend this to a pilot to assess the potential benefit.

TfL will also trial Intelligent Speed Adaptation technology on buses, as outlined in the Pedestrian Safety Action Plan and the new Cycle Safety Action Plan, which were both published last year. This trial will take place later this year and aims to assess the potential of this technology to regulate speed across the bus network.