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TfL's 2016 decision to stop conducting safety audits on its bus contractors

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 16th March 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Pidgeon Caroline Pidgeon Liberal Democrat

Given that the Met Police’s and TfL’s own bus safety performance data show a steady increase in KSIs per quarter since you became Mayor, how do you propose to ensure that TfL’s “collaboration” with bus companies as detailed in Question 2019/20681 is effective?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

It is not correct that KSIs involving buses have been increasing. As shown by the table below, there was a 19 per cent reduction in KSIs between 2017 and 2019, from 263 to 219.

While even one injury or death is one too many TfL is making good progress on our target for reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on or by a bus.

TfL continue to work closely with the bus operators with regards to their safety and prevention work, and meet with the operator MDs and safety leads every quarter specifically to discuss safety performance. TfL also monitor their safety management systems and culture via the Assurance Programme and TfL visit the operators four times each per annum. This close working, with the shared objective of reducing death and injury on the road network, is delivering positive outcomes.

Row Labels

FATAL

SERIOUS

SLIGHT

Grand Total

KSI

KSI casualties (change from previous year/quarter)

2017

8

255

2282

2545

263

Qtr 1

61

582

643

61

Qtr 2

3

67

593

663

70

Qtr 3

2

58

587

647

60

Qtr 4

3

69

520

592

72

2018

12

229

1848

2089

241

-8%

Qtr 1

1

48

458

507

49

-20%

Qtr 2

4

66

497

567

70

0%

Qtr 3

2

58

476

536

60

0%

Qtr 4

5

57

417

479

62

-14%

2019

9

210

1467

1686

219

-9%

Qtr 1

1

47

347

395

48

-2%

Qtr 2

2

47

366

415

49

-30%

Qtr 3

2

64

419

485

66

10%

Qtr 4

4

52

335

391

56

-10%

2020

1

27

186

214

28

Qtr 1

1

27

186

214

28

-42%

Grand Total

30

721

5783

6534

751