Bus Drivers and PPE

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 26th February 2021.

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Photo of David Kurten David Kurten Brexit Alliance

Can you assure me that all drivers on London buses are satisfactorily equipped with the necessary personal protective equipment to enable them to carry out their jobs safely?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Our transport workers are playing a vital role in keeping our city moving and enabling key workers to get where they need to go. Ensuring that they are able to carry their jobs out safely is a priority for me and Transport for London (TfL).

Personal protective equipment like face masks is available to all drivers, but as drivers' cabs are fully enclosed drivers are not required to wear them whilst driving. Current safeguards include cabs with separate air flow systems like air conditioning, use of anti-viral agents to regularly clean touch points in the cabs at driver changeovers, the availability of hundreds of thousands of face coverings, social distancing in garages and mess rooms, and a continued focus on cleaning of rest areas and depots. Bus operators have also been following the recommendations of University College London (UCL) following its research into the COVID-19 transmission risks for bus drivers. Protective film to cover communication holes has been added to the protective screens in drivers’ cabs, which UCL analysis found greatly reduces the risk to drivers of contracting coronavirus from passengers.