Vision Zero & Bus Safety Reporting

MQT on 2018-12-20
Session date: 
December 20, 2018
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Are you at all concerned that TfL published an undercount of the total number of people killed in Bus Safety Incidents in 2017 and an undercount of the number of passengers killed during the same period on page 154 of its last Travel in London report (Report 11)?


Answer for Vision Zero & Bus Safety Reporting
Vision Zero & Bus Safety Reporting

Vision Zero & Bus Safety Reporting

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London’s (TfL’s) Travel In London reports use personal injury collision data collected by the police in accordance with the rules set out by the Department for Transport (DfT) for STATS19 data. These rules require certain incidents to be excluded from the data, including confirmed suicides; death from natural causes; injuries to pedestrians with no vehicle involvement (e.g. a fall on the pavement); and deaths which occur after 30 days following a road traffic incident. In rare instances, if a Coroner has not yet established the cause of death, that fatality may also be excluded from the reporting.

As you know, TfL publishes a range of safety reports, many of which draw from the provisional DfT data sets. The reason this data is provisional, is because it is sourced from a number of different systems, including systems operated by the Metropolitan Police Service, Department for Transport and the City of London Police. While TfL publishes this information in the interests of transparency and timeliness, it has not yet been through a validation process. The validation process takes time, and includes manually assessing police reports, and other reports relevant to the specific incidents. The data is finalised annually.

TfL and I recognise the importance of data in measuring progress against my ambitious Vision Zero targets. TfL is therefore exploring whether there are any opportunities to improve how the data is used and shared.