Motorbikes speeding in bus lanes

Steve Murphy made this Freedom of Information request to Transport for London

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Dear Transport for London,

When you opened bus lanes to motorcyclists, the trials showed

"that 51% of motorcyclists were found speeding in these lanes, the number only reduced to 41% on the occasions when the limit is enforced. "

When queried about this I was told TFL "have a dedicated police team that target errant motorcyclists and this has helped reduce average speed by motorcycles that use bus lanes, which in turn has improved safety."

Please provide the numbers of occasions this team have been enforcing the limit, the numbers in this dedicated teams and the numbers of errant motorcyclists that have received any form of punishment for speeding.

Please break the figures down by location.

Yours faithfully,

Steven Murphy

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Murphy

TfL Ref: FOI-0468-1213

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 22 June 2012 asking for information about motorcyclists in bus lanes.

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 23 July 2012.

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Eva Rozmahelova
FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team
Corporate Governance Directorate
General Counsel
Transport for London

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FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Mr Murphy

 

TfL Ref: FOI-0468-1213

 

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 22 June
2012 asking for information about motorcyclists in bus lanes.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act and TfL’s information access policy.  I can
confirm TfL holds some of the information you require. You asked for:

 

When you opened bus lanes to motorcyclists, the trials showed "that 51% of
motorcyclists were found speeding in these lanes, the number only reduced
to 41% on the occasions when the limit is enforced. "

    

When queried about this I was told TFL "have a dedicated police team that
target errant motorcyclists and this has helped reduce average speed by
motorcycles that use bus lanes, which in turn has improved safety."

 

Please provide the numbers of occasions this team have been enforcing the
limit, the numbers in this dedicated teams and the numbers of errant
motorcyclists that have received any form of punishment for speeding.

 

From April 2010 to November 2011, a trial was conducted with the purpose
of ascertaining whether motorcycles should have access to bus lanes. 
Benefits of the scheme included reduced journey times for motorcyclists
and lower carbon dioxide emissions. The trial concluded that the safety of
motorcyclists and other vulnerable road users is unaffected by the
scheme.  As of 23 January 2012, motorcycles have permanent permission to
use bus lanes in the majority of London’s red routes.

 

For the purposes of the trial, information on police activity was
collected by the police and passed to TfL. A PDF document showing the
figures is attached.  The data was collected from April 2010 to November
2011 and includes the number of police hours worked and data on
enforcement activity. 

 

TfL does not have access to any data regarding police hours worked or
enforcement activity since the trial was completed.

 

The Motorcycle Tasking Team was set up by TfL and the Metropolitan Police
Service (MPS) to reduce motorcycle casualties across London.  The team
consists of 12 Police Constables and 2 Police Sergeants.  That does not
mean that all 14 were out enforcing bus lanes, some could have been
carrying out other duties. 

 

The Motorcycle Tasking Team runs two special schemes, [1]BikeSafe-London
and [2]ScooterSafe-London, to improve the road skills of riders. Since
they launched in 2003, these schemes have helped over 20,000 riders to
improve their riding skills, helping to reduce motorcycle casualties on
London's roads.

 

Riders who take part in our BikeSafe-London and ScooterSafe-London schemes
get expert advice from police motorcyclists on everything from choosing
the right gear and spotting hazards to making yourself visible at all
times of day.

 

Please see the following link for more information on enforcement
locations
[3]http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/m....

 

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable
to access it for some reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would
like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Eva Rozmahelova

FOI Case Officer

 

FOI Case Management Team

Corporate Governance Directorate

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

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