Bus Safety Reporting

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


Page 1 of the Q1 London Buses Safety Dashboard found on the TfL website states "A fatal incident during the Westminster Bridge terrorist attack on 22 March 2017 is excluded from bus operational safety data."  Given that the Coroner's Report for this tragic incident has yet to be published, do you consider TfL's decision to exclude this incident as premature?  Hasn't the Putney Bridge incident demonstrated that preventative action is possible?


Answer for Bus Safety Reporting

Answer for Bus Safety Reporting

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Putney Bridge incident you mention was under widely differing circumstances where a woman was knocked into the path of a bus and the driver was free from extreme distractions and able to avoid the pedestrian safely. The woman involved did not sustain any injuries from the bus.

The safety incident system that Transport for London (TfL) uses to record personal injuries on the bus network lists incidents under two categories: road traffic collisions and medical fatalities. As far as I am aware, this is the first time someone has been injured in an incident involving a London bus while trying to escape a terrorist attack.

The purpose of the dashboard is to capture bus road safety events where TfL might be able to affect the outcome. Terrorism incidents are treated separately as they are outside of TfL's control. They are mentioned in the commentary for transparency but excluded from the road safety figures as they are unconnected to bus operational safety data. This was also the case for the July 2007 terrorist attack. 

As part of TfL's Bus Safety Programme, a new Bus Safety Standard for London is being developed that will seek to harness the technologies and design innovations that will deliver the greatest casualty reductions. This includes trialling preventive technologies such as autonomous emergency braking to see if a new generation of London buses can brake safely and more quickly than a driver if they detect a person or object coming into their path.