Terrorism Training for London Bus Drivers

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-11-16
Session date: 
November 16, 2017
Reference: 
2017/4241
Question By: 
Keith Prince
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Since the only 3rd party vehicle-related death from the terrorist incident at Westminster Bridge was a mother who was run over by a TfL Bus, are London Bus Drivers now given any specific training for how they should be driving and what they should be doing in the type of terrorist incidents we saw at Westminster and, later, at London Bridge?

Answer

Answer for Terrorism Training for London Bus Drivers

Answer for Terrorism Training for London Bus Drivers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

We do not issue specific advice for terrorist incidents because of the rapidly changing nature of threats and the need to react with the most up to date security advice from the Metropolitan Police in real-time with bus drivers.

Bus drivers are given advice and guidance for the broad range of incidents that might occur, and are permanently supported by a 24/7 control room with which they have continuous radio contact and can obtain assistance in an emergency.

The Big Red Book handbook for bus drivers includes counter terrorism pages on suspicious people and packages, and is regularly supplemented with reminders. Last year, Transport for London issued a Let's Keep London Safe pocket guide to raise vigilance and explain how drivers should react to unattended packages. Terrorism is also highlighted in the opening part of a training DVD for new drivers studying for the City & Guilds qualification.