Bus Safety Programme (1)

MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Your response to MQT 2016/3565 stated that TfL had no information on the health of the 61 people who had been sent to hospital with serious injuries as a result of a TfL Bus Collision in the first quarter of 2016.  Yet, on page 1 of the “London Bus Safety Dashboard” on the TfL Website it states “7.6% of incidents in Q3 2016 resulted in injuries, 37% of which related to pre-existing medical conditions.” If TfL does indeed have information about the pre-existing medical conditions of those people reported injured, why doesn’t TfL know how victims are doing after the crash?  


Answer for Bus Safety Programme (1)

Answer for Bus Safety Programme (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The condition of an injured person is not disclosed to TfL when they are taken to hospital following collisions involving a bus. These are recorded as hospitalised injuries, whether treatment was subsequently required or not, to ensure they are fully counted.

The Sarah Hope Line has been put in place to enable people seriously injured in a bus collision or their relatives to contact TfL and receive the help and support required.

If someone falls ill on a bus that has not been involved in a collision, the bus operator will report this as a health issue relating to the individual and categorise this as a medical incident. 

This information is recorded as a 'pre-existing medical condition' and the figure quoted refers to incidents of this type.