Excessively hot bus driver conditions

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered at on 16 November 2022.

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Photo of Siân Berry Siân Berry Green

Bus drivers are reporting unacceptable conditions on Transport for London (TfL) buses due to the recent heatwaves, with temperatures in excess of 40 degrees. What should a driver do when their workplace becomes unreasonably hot?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

All bus driver cabs have air conditioning. Each operator is responsible for their maintenance and has their own servicing regime.

When severe hot weather is forecast, Transport for London writes to all bus operators instructing them to check the air-conditioning on all their buses and to flag any issues. Bus operators have a duty of care to their staff and customers, and review their working practices dynamically to ensure they always maintain a safe level of operation. However, if a driver feels unable to continue to drive the bus safely, they should pull over and inform their service controller to develop an appropriate plan to get customers safely to their destination. Pulling over will also enable the driver time for themselves and the cab to cool down.