Buses Idling in York Way

MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Residents are concerned that buses in York Way, Islington are ignoring the requirement for them to switch off their engines whilst parked. Residents have observed buses ignoring the regulation and reminder signs. What reassurance can you provide that this regulation will be reinforced?


Buses Idling in York Way

Buses Idling in York Way

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Both Transport for London (TfL) and I take this very seriously. I’ve asked TfL to contact bus operators serving this area to remind drivers to switch engines off if vehicles are not about to go back into service. I’ve also asked TfL to carry out spot checks.

To cut fleet emissions both in Islington and across London, TfL is replacing older buses and retrofitting others to bring them up to the latest Euro VI standard. This conversion process has already made around half the bus fleet ultra clean for harmful emissions, bringing immediate improvements to air quality.

As of this year, new double deck buses must also be hybrid-diesel or zero emission. Some more modern buses also have anti-idling technology, which shuts the engine off automatically without driver intervention if the vehicle is stationary for a minute or so. My air quality plans also look further to the future, with the entire fleet needing to be zero-tailpipe emission by 2037 at the latest, designing out this type of issue and relegating it to the past.