Length of hours worked by London Bus Drivers (2)

MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Further to Question 2019/2084, are you aware that the Managing Director of First Group Tram Operations Limited recently announced that Croydon tram drivers will no longer be allowed to work for more than five days in a row as a direct result of the findings of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch investigation.  Do you think this measure should be implemented by London’s contracted bus operators? 


Answer for Length of house worked by London Bus Drivers (2)
Length of house worked by London Bus Drivers (2)

Length of house worked by London Bus Drivers (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I welcome the First Group announcement and its efforts to decrease consecutive blocs of hours worked to be better than the legal minimums.

Transport for London has separately commissioned Loughborough University to conduct research into bus driver fatigue. The outcomes from this research will be evidence-based and relate directly to this transport sector, to help our bus operators understand any arising issues and make informed choices.  The research will be published later this year. It would, therefore, be premature for me to speculate on measures that could be required for bus drivers as a result.