Time Allotted by Bus Contractors for Vehicle First Use Checks and Vehicle Handover Checks

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-11-16
Session date: 
November 16, 2017
Reference: 
2017/4207
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

A Review of Bus Driver Duty Cards and a Bus Company Operating Agreements reveals that, over the years, the paid time allotted by TfL for First Use Checks at the beginning of a bus driver's shift and Vehicle Handover Checks at the end of a bus driver's shift has shrunk by a third (5 minutes).  What evidence can you provide to show that 10 minutes is sufficient paid time to allow for a bus driver to sign in, find the bus, conduct a walk around check, report any issues and then leave the bus garage?  Similarly, what evidence can you provide to show that 10 minutes is sufficient paid time to allow a bus driver to return the vehicle to the garage and file a Vehicle Defect Card? 

Answer

Answer for Time Allotted by Bus Contractors for Vehicle First Use Checks and Vehicle Handover Checks

Answer for Time Allotted by Bus Contractors for Vehicle First Use Checks and Vehicle Handover Checks

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There has been no change to the walk-around check that drivers are statutorily required to make at the beginning of a shift.

The bus network going cash free on 1 July 2014 has removed the risk of carrying money and no longer requires drivers to pick up cash boxes at the start of their day or cash up before finishing work. This change has reduced the time drivers need to get ready at the beginning and end of a shift.

TfL is not aware of any issues that have been raised around vehicle checks. If the time allocated by bus operators were not sufficient, this would be highlighted in staff representative forums with operators, TfL's monthly independent monitoring checks of the fleet, and the yearly MOT.