CCTV on Buses

MQT on 2016-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2016
Question By: 
Len Duvall
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Can you tell me what checks TfL make to ensure that CCTV cameras on buses are actually operational? Is there any data available with regard to the numbers of non-functional cameras and what obligations are placed on bus operators to maintain this important crime fighting tool?


Answer for CCTV on Buses

Answer for CCTV on Buses

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Bus operators are required to have working CCTV systems on vehicles as part of the contractual framework for running services in London. Ensuring these record areas of the bus is the bus operator's responsibility, which is why most companies have maintenance contracts and support systems in place to assure this.

Since 2012, CCTV availability has been centrally monitored through the iBus vehicle tracking system and performance figure concerns are referred directly to bus operator managing directors for action. Where iBus monitoring is available, working CCTV systems averages around 95 per cent.

Some older buses not able to support iBus monitoring are independently checked as part of engineering quality monitoring and these inspections show 98 per cent of CCTV systems are working. Vehicles found not to have fully operational systems are reported to company senior management teams for action and can be subsequently re-checked.