TfL's Bus Safety Innovation Fund

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/5130
Question By: 
Tom Copley
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

TfL say that "The Bus Safety Innovation fund is a new scheme to encourage bus operators and their staff to develop and implement proposals to improve safety and/or safety culture". What plans, if any, do you have to provide funding for other companies who work on ideas to improve vehicle safety, in order to help them develop their ideas and test them on London Buses?

Answer

Answer for TfL's Bus Safety Innovation Fund

Answer for TfL's Bus Safety Innovation Fund

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London (TfL) does not currently have plans to provide funding to suppliers of vehicle safety technology. These companies would be expected to conduct trials at their cost, prior to bringing their products to market. The idea of the Bus Safety Innovation Fund was to enable suppliers of proven equipment to approach bus operators first and for TfL to fund the most promising equipment put forward by its operating partners. This maximises the chances of successful implementation of any technologies they trial and enables best value to be obtained on behalf of Londoners.