Unintended Acceleration of Buses

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Reference: 
2017/0043
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Your response to MQT 2016/2967 stated that, between April 2010 and June 2016 there were 114 recorded incidents of unintended acceleration "where the likely cause was unintended acceleration as a result of drivers pressing the wrong pedal.” Can you elaborate as follows:

  1. How many of these incidents resulted in a crash, and, if so, how many people were injured?  Please provide details of the operator, route and bus type (model number, model year, manufacturer) involved in each of these incidents, as well as the age/sex/transport mode of victim involved?
  2. How many of these incidents were determined NOT to be the result of “Pedal Confusion”.  Please provide details of the operator, route and bus type involved in each of these incidents, age/sex/mode of victim?
  3. In incidents that were determined to be the result of “Pedal Confusion” how many resulted in the Bus Driver being prosecuted and/or convicted? Please provide details of the operator, route and bus type  (model number, model year, manufacturer)  involved in each of these incidents.

 

Answer

Answer for Unintended Acceleration of Buses

Answer for Unintended Acceleration of Buses

Answered By: 
The Mayor
  1. I have asked TfL to write to you and provide you with this analysis.
  2. There were no instances where unintended acceleration was caused by factors other than driver actions.
  3. Prosecutions can occur where there is suspicion of careless or dangerous driving, or a criminal act, but not to establish whether pedal confusion has taken place. There are no prosecutions TfL is aware of relating to this subject.