Length of hours worked by London bus drivers

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)


Are you satisfied that no London bus drivers are working excessively long hours which might lead to unsafe driving? 

Please set out the procedures Transport for London follows to ensure that all bus contractors enforce at the very least the legal restrictions on the maximum hours that bus drivers can work.



Answer for Length of hours worked by London bus drivers
Length of hours worked by London bus drivers

Length of hours worked by London bus drivers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London’s bus network is the most heavily monitored in the UK with respect to driver hours and I am satisfied that London bus drivers are not working excessively long hours.  

Bus driver hours are regulated in the UK to avoid the risk of long continuous shifts and ensure suitable breaks. The legislation also sets minimum standards for rest periods between shifts and days off to which all bus operators must ensure they comply.  Transport for London has a long-standing process in place to conduct regular checks and review driver hours to support the compliance process.

All UK bus operators must additionally comply with drivers’ hours as part of their operator licences, which are issued, and can be restricted or revoked, by the Traffic Commissioner if there are breaches of licence conditions.