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European Bus Forum 2016

23 June 2016 Manchester (United Kingdom)

Every year, around 20,000 European buses and coaches are involved in crashes causing injury or death producing 30,000 casualties and 150 unfortunate deaths.

Improving vehicle safety is a key strategy used in addressing international and national road casualty reduction targets and in achieving a safer road traffic system. In response to this the Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) has launched a world-leading safety programme to drive major improvements across London's bus network.

Although the Capital's bus fleet is one of the safest in the world, with 2.5 injuries for every million passenger journeys, the Mayor and TfL are committed to reducing collisions further and have created a brand new six-point programme to improve safety.

The six-point programme will:

  • Develop a world leading bus safety standard for London
  • Update TfL's bus contracts to include new safety incentives
  • Provide a UK-first Incident Support Service for those affected by fatal or serious injuries
  • Publish additional bus collision data and make it more accessible
  • Provide greater transparency on bus collision investigations
  • Provide a new safety training module to all 24,700 drivers

Hear more about the programme from TfL's Bus Collision Reduction Programme Manager Jane Lupson at this year's European Bus Forum.