Bus Driver exposure to toxic air pollution

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3069
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Has TfL conducted or had access to any detailed long-term studies which look at the health risks of TfL bus drivers' exposure to diesel pollution while driving?   If so, can you make these studies available?

Answer

Answer for Bus Driver exposure to toxic air pollution

Answer for Bus Driver exposure to toxic air pollution

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London (TfL) itself has not conducted long-term health studies on bus drivers but there is extensive NHS research in the field of air quality and the effects of prolonged exposure to pollution.

More modern self-contained cabs have air-con or air-chill systems which include air filters to improve air quality. Bus drivers also have breaks built into their shift patterns when they can leave their cabs.

My draft Transport Strategy looks to transform London's streets into healthy places to live and work. As part of this, the bus fleet will meet the cleanest diesel emission standard by 2020, and all buses will be diesel-electric hybrid or zero-emission vehicles by 2030 and entirely zero-emission by 2037 at the latest. This will make London much healthier for bus drivers and everyone else.