Fatalities and KSIs resulting from Bus Collisions at all TfL Bus Operating Company Garages and Depots during the period 2008-2012

Tom Kearney made this Freedom of Information request to Transport for London

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Dear Transport for London,

As a reasonable and prudent manager of all contracts with its Bus Operating Companies, TfL must monitor fatalities and serious-injuries which take place at all its Bus Operating Companies' Garages or Depots in London. Please tell me, for the period 2008-2012, the number of fatalities and serious-injuries resulting from collisions involving TfL buses at all TfL Bus Operating Company Garages and Depots within the TfL service area. Kindly give me the date, location, Bus Operating Company involved, and the seriousness of injury (fatal, serious, mild) for each collision.

Yours faithfully,

Tom Kearney

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Kearney

 

Our Ref:         FOI-1221-1314

 

Thank you for your e-mail received on 8 October 2013 asking for
information about fatalities and injuries resulting from bus collisions at
garages and depots of our Bus Operators.

 

Your request will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the
Freedom of Information Act and TfL’s information access policy. 

 

A response will be provided to you by 5 November 2013.

 

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please
feel free to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

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FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Mr Kearney

 

Our Ref:         FOI-1221-1314

 

 

Thank you for your e-mail received on 8 October 2013 asking for
information about fatalities and injuries resulting from bus collisions at
garages and depots of our Bus Operators. I apologise for the delay in my
response.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and TfL’s information access policy.

 

TfL does not hold the information you have requested. We hold data for
personal injury road traffic collisions occurring on the public highway,
and reported to the police, in accordance with the Stats 19 national
reporting system. This data does not identify collisions that occurred off
the public highways, such as depots or garages. This information, if held,
would be collated by the individual Bus Opertaors.

 

We recently published Safe Streets for London, the road safety action plan
for London to 2020. This includes a target to reduce killed and seriously
injured casualties by 40 per cent by 2020, based on a 2005-2009 average
baseline. The plan describes what we will do to deliver this target and
includes engineering, enforcement, campaigns, training and education
initiatives to improve road safety for all road users. We are also
developing detailed action plans to improve road safety for those cycling,
walking and riding motorcycles in London.

 

Please accept our apologies that we are unable to assist you further on
this occasion.

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

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Dear FOI,

It seems that TfL possessing and analysing data about Fatalities and KSIs resulting from Bus Collisions at all TfL Bus Operating Company Garages and Depots during the period 2008-2012 would be critical information that would assist TfL in assessing its subcontractors' safety record and comprehensiveness of their safety policies and practises.

Please explain to me succinctly why TfL does not possess and analyse this information as part of its review of its subcontractors' safety performance and practises.

Yours sincerely,

Tom Kearney

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Kearney

 

Our Ref:         FOI-1221-1314

 

Thank you for your e-mail following the response to your recent FOI
request.

 

The FOI Act applies to recorded information held by a public authority,
and does not cover requests for unrecorded comment or opinion. As your
e-mail below does not constitute a valid FOI request, a response will be
provided to you by Leon Daniels’ office in due course.

 

If you have any other queries with which I can be of assistance please let
me know.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

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Dear Tom,

 

You asked about TfL assessing the safety performance of bus operators.

 

I am absolutely satisfied that the operators have in place rigorous Health
and Safety processes regarding the movement of vehicles on their premises.
There have been occasional incidents and these are reported by the
operators concerned to the HSE where appropriate.

 

We conduct regular checks on Health and Safety procedures and carry out
audits on the companies to satisfy ourselves that these are properly in
place and adequately controlled. If there are actions following these
audits they are documented and followed through.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Leon

 

 

Leon Daniels

Managing Director Surface Transport

Transport for London

 

020 3054 0180

 

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Dear Leon Daniels,

Thank you for your assured response to my (overdue) FOIA request. I find your comment that your "operators have in place rigorous Health
and Safety processes regarding the movement of vehicles on their premises" very compelling.

Why can't TfL insist that its operators use the same "rigorous Health and Safety processes regarding the movement of vehicles" while they are driving on streets like Oxford Street, which, as you surely know, has many more buses and people than a TfL Bus Operating Company Garage or Depot?

My original question asked for the "Number of KSIs resulting from Bus Collisions at all TfL Bus Operating Company Garages and Depots during the period 2008-2012" So that I can share your robust sense of assurance, can you quantify your response in some meaningful way? Are the number of KSIs resulting from Bus Collisions at all TfL Bus Operating Company Garages and Depots" 2008-2012 less than the number of KSI incidents on Oxford Street (36 as per TfL Ref: FOI-1663-1213) during the same period?

Turning to your statement "there have been occasional incidents and these are reported by the operators concerned to the HSE where appropriate," I'm afraid that according to its October 14 response to the exact same question above which I posed to the HSE (HSE Ref: Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2013100230), the HSE has responded "I have established that the information you requested is not held by the Health & Safety Executive."

Kindly quantify your confident response with some meaningful data. You'll appreciate that the HSE response completely undermines your assurances that KSI incidents involving TfL buses are reviewed by TfL or recorded and reported to the appropriate authorities by TfL's subcontracting companies.

Yours sincerely,

Tom Kearney