Buses - Poor Driving Practices

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/5222
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

My concerns relate to some poor driving practices I've observed by bus drivers who fail to indicate when they are turning at junctions and also blocking signalled pedestrian crossings, creating obstruction and safety hazards for pedestrians including babies in prams. One example is the junction of Station Road in Harrow served by a number of routes (including 140, 340 and 186 etc). Buses going from the direction of Debenhams on Station Road (Harrow Town Centre) and turning left on the Station Road going towards Harrow Civic Centre travel at some speed and often fail to indicate when turning and then block the pedestrian crossing. This creates serious safety hazard for pedestrians. Can TfL look into such dangerous practices and stop this from happening?

Answer

Answer for Buses - Poor Driving Practices

Answer for Buses - Poor Driving Practices

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Thank you for highlighting instances of poor driving practices. Transport for London (TfL) has asked all bus operators that use this left turn, including the operators of bus routes 140, 186 and 340, to ensure that their drivers are indicating in advance of making a turn and stopping ahead of crossing points. The relevant Garages will be undertaking random checks to identify any drivers that fail to perform to a high standard and take appropriate action if required.

TfL launched the Bus Safety Programme in February 2016 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, TfL is working with the bus operators to develop safety training materials for drivers and driving instructors. This will focus on the subject of Safer Urban Driving (SUD) with particular focus on Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs).  The course for drivers will use innovative training techniques to develop driver skills in identifying risk on the road and increase drivers understanding of VRUs.