Bus driver welfare during heatwaves

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 15th September 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Russell Caroline Russell Green

What steps did Transport for London (TfL) and bus operators take during the recent heatwave to support driver welfare, and what plans do you have to ensure procedures are adapted to take account of the increasing likelihood of very hot summers?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

All the cabs in buses have self-contained air conditioning and windows that open so drivers can work in more comfortable conditions during hot weather. Transport for London (TfL) requires all of its fleet to have these features and for operators to check they are working properly.

As London has recently had a few particularly hot summers, bus operators now relax the rules on company uniform so drivers can wear shorts and short-sleeve shirts. If drivers feel unwell, support and advice is also available from TfL’s 24/7 control room. For more general welfare matters, TfL, its bus operators and Unite the union are providing a Health Bus, which will be visiting garages to offer advice on staying fit and healthy at work.

During the coronavirus pandemic, it has also been possible for driver welfare issues to be raised directly through regular conference calls between TfL and Unite the union.