Training for bus drivers on how to drive safely past cyclists

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-06-22
Session date: 
June 22, 2017
Reference: 
2017/2194
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

As part of the In the Zone bus safety training module, how much space are bus drivers advised to leave cyclists they are passing on London's roads?

Answer

Answer for Training for bus drivers on how to drive safely past cyclists

Answer for Training for bus drivers on how to drive safely past cyclists

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Guidance to drivers is to allow 1.2 metres where possible. Every driver is issued with this information in the Big Red Book - the handbook that explains in more detail what they need to know. The current edition contains an illustration and description of the safe distance between a bus and cyclist. How to pass road users is also covered in the rigorous public service vehicle licence qualification process and its supporting syllabus.

The training provided through In the Zone looks to heighten awareness of vulnerable road users and situations in which they are encountered. By completing training, drivers get a better insight into hazards that can materialise along their routes, such as less visible cyclists and parents walking with their children, to help recognise these quickly and react with alertness and caution.