TfL Bus Safety Programme: Bus Safety Standard

MQT on 2017-10-12
Session date: 
October 12, 2017
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


On 1 February 2016, the Mayor announced a "world leading" bus safety programme that promised that a bus safety standard that would ensure "the latest safety technologies and products will be developed and tested by manufacturers on London buses throughout 2016 and incorporated into new buses delivered from September 2017."  Please provide an update on the progress that has been in adopting this bus safety standard.


Answer for TfL Bus Safety Programme: Bus Safety Standard

Answer for TfL Bus Safety Programme: Bus Safety Standard

Answered By: 
The Mayor


In response to the number of casualties on London’s bus network, Transport for London (TfL) launched the Bus Safety Programme in February 2016. The programme aims to continue to drive down the number of people killed or seriously injured on the bus network; reduce the number of injuries as a result of on board slips, trips and falls and reverse the increase in (predominately damage only) collisions.


As part of the Bus Safety Programme, Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) will be fitted to new buses from December 2017. ISA is one component of the wide-ranging Bus Safety Standard.


The Bus Safety Standard continues to move forward with research into fatal bus incidents. TfL has appointed its delivery partners Alexander Dennis and Wrightbus, and the Transport Research Laboratory to help determine what the standard should be.  To ensure the best technology is selected and integrated into vehicle design, additional time has been assigned to testing and development.  This will continue to take place this year and into summer 2018.  TfL plan to introduce the new Bus Safety Standard into contracts by the end of 2018.