Delays in the Publication of the Loughbrough Study on Bus Driver Fatigue

Meeting: 
MQT on 2020-02-24
Session date: 
February 24, 2020
Reference: 
2020/0743
Question By: 
Keith Prince
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Mr Mayor, now that it is clear that Unite the Union does not, in fact agree that TfL is doing enough on bus driver fatigue, based on their decision this week to ballot their members over strike action, would you agree that delaying the release of the Loughborough report for 3 months while negotiating with them - as described in your answer to Mayoral Question 2019/17463 - was a mistake?

Answer

Delays in the Publication of the Loughbrough Study on Bus Driver Fatigue

Delays in the Publication of the Loughbrough Study on Bus Driver Fatigue

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In my answer to Mayor's Question 2019/17463, I expressed satisfaction that this substantial and world-leading piece work had been published on time. Sharing the contents of a draft report to ensure that it reflects, as much as possible, the concerns of stakeholders is an integral part of the drafting process. The fact that all parties were not in full agreement over the extent of the recommended actions does not in any way devalue the research.

The research conducted by Loughborough University on bus driver fatigue management research has provided a robust starting point for the London bus industry. Transport for London (TfL) anticipates that the fatigue risk management systems adopted from this summer onwards will evolve as operators and TfL learn more about the nature of the challenges bus drivers face and how to best address them.