Pedal Confusion: Unintended Acceleration Incidents, June 2016 to present (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 23rd March 2022.

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Following up on the 6 years of unintended acceleration incident data you provided in a spreadsheet in response to Question 2016/2967, please provide me with an updated spreadsheet showing the same analysis for the period from June 2016 to the present.

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Transport for London (TfL) has provided the most up-to-date analysis of suspected Pedal Application Error (commonly referred to as pedal confusion) incidents in the attached spreadsheet. This covers the period April 2010 to the present.

This does not include those incidents where the investigation has yet to be concluded. The analysis has been rerun to specifically identify Pedal Application Error events. This refers to situations where the driver presses the accelerator when they think they are pressing the brake pedal, which leads to an unintended acceleration.

Applying this definition across all years, 84 suspected Pedal Application Error events have been identified between April 2010 and July 2016 (the date range covered by the previous analysis) and a total of 244 suspected pedal confusion incidents were identified between April 2010 and January 2022.

TfL takes all incidents that results in injury, and those that have the potential to cause harm, with the upmost seriousness and continues to work to its aim of Vision Zero for everyone using its services. TfL continues to invest in its Bus Safety Programme, an example of which is an increased presence of pedal camera technology and telematics, which, where fitted have assisted in the more reliable identification of these incidents in recent years.