Bus collisions involving pedestrians at pedestrian crossings

Plenary on 2019-02-07
Session date: 
February 7, 2019
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London) & Mike Brown MVO (Commissioner, Transport for London)


Further to your reply to MQ 2018/5146 where you stated there there were 71 bus collisions involving pedestrians between 1 January 2016 and 30 November 2018 at designated pedestrian crossings. Can an explanation be provided as to why the severe collision involving Saba Mirza on the 25 November 2016 was not listed, despite this collision leading to a trial at City of London Magistrates’ Court, was widely reported in the media and was also raised by myself in the earlier MQ 2018/1317. 



Answer for Bus collisions involving pedestrians at pedestrian crossings
Bus collisions involving pedestrians at pedestrian crossings

Bus collisions involving pedestrians at pedestrian crossings

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Bus operators are required to report all safety-related incidents to Transport for London (TfL) using a centralised reporting system. As I explained in my response to Mayor’s Question 2018/5146, this reporting system does not specifically record crossing type. To answer your previous question, TfL therefore undertook a keyword search of incident descriptions to identify where a bus was involved in a collision with a pedestrian within a designated crossing point, including both zebra and traffic light-controlled crossings. As I also explained in my response, this process carries the risk of missing certain incidents because of the way they have been described in the reporting system. Regrettably, this is why the tragic incident you refer to was not included in the data provided in response to the earlier question. When the incident was initially recorded by the bus operator, the level of detail provided did not enable TfL’s keyword search to identify it as having occurred at a crossing point.

This situation is clearly unsatisfactory, and TfL has been reviewing its reporting processes and is working with its bus operators to ensure all incidents are recorded in an appropriate amount of detail. Transport for London already collects and publishes a wide range of bus safety information and will continue to look for opportunities for further improvements to help it eliminate deaths in or by London buses by 2030.