Fatigued Bus Drivers

MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Question By: 
David Kurten
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


To ask the Mayor what monitoring systems do TfL have in place to ensure that bus drivers in a fatigued state are not getting behind the wheel of the capital's buses. 


Answer for Fatigued Bus Drivers

Answer for Fatigued Bus Drivers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL takes the welfare of drivers very seriously, as it recognises that a healthy workforce supports the safe operation of the bus network.

Driving times and rest periods are governed by legislation, and compliance with these provisions is subject to continuous monitoring and controls. TfL carries out additional audits and monitors the statutory obligations that operators have to abide by regarding the scheduling of drivers working hours. This includes Driver Quality Monitoring to check vehicles on the network are being driven safely and professionally. Where breaches are found, these are reported to the Traffic Commissioner and Operators can be called to account for any concerns.

Even though the welfare of drivers is the responsibility of operators, TfL has a role to play in supporting and challenging the operators to continually improve conditions for their drivers - in particular around causes of fatigue. Recognising that there is a wealth of evidence across the transport industry to help combat driver fatigue, TfL is planning to hold a Bus Safety Summit in November to discuss this issue and share learnings and best practice.