Pedestrian Bus Collisions on Oxford Street 2012 - 2017

Henri Lambert made this Freedom of Information request to Transport for London

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Dear Transport for London,

How many accidents have there been in London in the last 5 years between a pedestrian and (i) TfL buses and (ii) taxis (iii) other vehicles?

Of those accidents, how many have been fatal and how many have been serious ?

How many accidents have there been in Oxford Street in the last 5 years between a pedestrian and (i) TfL buses and (ii) taxis (iii) other vehicles?

Of those accidents, how many have been fatal and how many have been serious ?

I would be grateful if you would provide the information on a yearly basis.

Finally, can you please telle me what TfL's policies are with regard to bus driver training and rest periods?

Yours faithfully,

Henri Lambert

Hurt Graham, Transport for London

Dear Mr Lambert

 

Our ref: FOI-0385-1718/GH

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 20
May 2017 asking for information on collisions in Oxford Street.  

 

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Graham Hurt

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

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Dear Mr Lambert

 

Our ref: FOI-0385-1718/GH

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 20
May 2017 asking for information on collisions in Oxford Street.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and TfL’s information access policy.
I can confirm we hold some of the information you require.

 

Road safety data for London is collected by the police in accordance with
Department for Transport STATS20 national guidance, and reported in
STATS19 format. More information can be found at:

 

[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

 

We publish detailed STATS19 road safety data back to 2005 on the London
Collision Map which is available here:

 

[2]https://tfl.gov.uk/corporate/safety-and-...

 

You can filter the map to show different types of vehicles involved in
collisions and the year you are interested in. For your request, you can
filter to show those involving a taxi / private hire vehicle or a
bus/coach. Please note that the police record vehicle types, but do not
specify the vehicle owner, therefore we cannot advise you on collisions
involving a ‘TfL bus’ – these would be included within the ‘bus/coach
category.

 

STATS19 data does not identify the specific ‘cause’ of collisions. The
vehicle type shows that these vehicles were involved in a collision. It
does not indicate that they were at fault.

 

Bus drivers in London receive driving skills training through four key
areas: initial license training, TfL specified City and Guilds
qualification, on-going development and remedial training in response to
monitoring or incidents. Contents and assessment of initial licensing
training are prescribed and monitored by the Driver and Vehicle Standards
Agency (DVSA) to ensure consistent standards throughout the industry.
Initial training takes up to six weeks and covers safe driving skills. We
specify that all new bus drivers must achieve a Level 2 City and Guilds
certificate in Professional Bus Driving for London within a year of
entering service. The C&G qualification has safety content woven
throughout its syllabus. Driver must complete 35 hours of on-going
professional development every five years in order for drivers to retain
their license (the certificate of professional competence). Within London
bus operators generally deliver this as seven hours of training each year.
Bus companies can choose areas of development from a number of approved
subjects, and we collaborate closely with bus operators on CPC training
content. This has resulted in courses such as “In The Zone” which taught
drivers about the psychology of driver behaviour and self care in relation
to safety, “All Aboard” which covered delivering an inclusive and
accessible bus service and the benefits this brings to London’s
communities, and the latest two-day training programme, “Hello London”,
which focusses on delivering a safe and enhanced experience for customers.

 

Bus driver hours are already heavily regulated in the UK to prevent
excessive working and are supported by break times. While driver breaks
are for the operators to manage, these are often more than the statutory
minimum. Because the parameters of the law are quite flexible in this
area, types of break time and working hours either side vary across bus
operators. The operators must keep records of these times for legal
compliance reasons.

 

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.

 

If you are not satisfied with this response please see the attached
information sheet for details of your right to appeal.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Graham Hurt

 

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

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