CIRAS introduction on TfL contractors' vehicles

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2538
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Following the recent announcement that CIRAS will be introduced on buses, will you consider mandating the use of the system on all Surface Contractors' vehicles contracted to TfL?

Answer

Answer for CIRAS introduction on TfL contractors' vehicles

Answer for CIRAS introduction on TfL contractors' vehicles

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I support any measure that exposes bad practice and increases our understanding of how incidents occur and what needs to be done to prevent future collisions and have asked TfL to investigate whether CIRAS would provide any additional benefit to the existing range of measures in place to report, investigate and manage bad practice.

CIRAS is widely used in other transport sectors to allow confidential reporting of bad practice by employees, but does not currently cover HGV operations and is not available to members of the public to raise concerns.

Collision reporting, analysis and investigation are already contractual requirements for all operators working in all TfL supply chains. This is one of a number of contractual requirements that TfL and Crossrail introduced in 2012 to manage work-related road risk. Other requirements include driver training, demonstrating a quality operation through accreditation to the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) and regular driver licence checks.

Drivers, employees and members of the public can raise any issues or concerns about vehicles belonging to operators who are accredited by FORS by contacting the FORS Community Partnership, who administer the scheme. I encourage Londoners to report any illegal activity or failure to comply with the law via the RoadSafe London website, which is run by the Metropolitan Police.