The Mayor's Transport Strategy sets out the goal for Vison Zero for London that, by 2041, all deaths and serious injuries will be eliminated from London's transport network.
We have set specific bus targets through Vision Zero for London:
As part of this commitment, our Bus Safety Programme continuously drives major safety improvements across our network. We fund specific interventions to reduce collisions and improve existing safety processes and data collection.
Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) has already been fitted onto some vehicles in our fleet and will continue to be rolled out on new vehicles from 2019.
We are also developing a speed compliance tool which can be used to monitor the speed of buses across our network and help in the identification of hotspot areas for which we can focus our efforts to prevent speeding.
We have developed a world-leading Bus Safety Standard which is now a part of bus operator route contracts.
The Bus Safety Standard includes:
Not all technologies trialed as part of the development of the bus safety standard are available immediately and some will require development time. Our Bus Safety Road Map document sets out the future of bus vehicle safety in London as we work towards achieving Vision Zero.
For more information see our Bus Safety standard executive summary.
In 2018, our Bus Safety Innovation Fund supported London's bus operators to develop innovative ideas that will contribute towards a reduction in the number of people seriously injured or killed on the bus network. The fund helped develop eight projects that included new technologies, research projects and training programmes.
We are continuing to invest in supporting safety technology innovation in 2019 through the new Bus Safety Innovation Challenge which has opened for applications.
We are looking for new and innovative products which will improve the safety of London's buses. If you have a product that may improve the safety of London's buses then we invite you to get in touch by 10 May 2019 to express an interest. The Innovation Challenge will close to applications on 21 June 2019.
If you're interested, please contact us for more details.
We are currently developing a new Vision Zero bus driver training course. The one day course, incorporating virtual reality film, will be rolled out to all 25,000 London bus drivers from April 2019.
The training will teach new skills in hazard perception, better understanding of the risks to pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and passengers as well as ways of preventing driver fatigue. The course will help create the safety culture and attitudes that will help us achieve Vision Zero for London.
For customers affected by incidents where someone is killed or seriously injured, our specially trained Sarah Hope Line support service staff can provide guidance and helps solve practical problems resulting from the incident. Find out more about The Sarah Hope Line.
We take active role in investigating serious bus incidents with local authorities and bus operators, aiming to find the root cause of each incident. This is different from police investigations, which seek to determine if a crime has been committed.
The entire bus safety programme is evidence-led and we are continuously adding to this evidence base. We've committed to publishing this data and investigation reports where possible on our Bus safety data page.
We publish two sets of bus safety data related to collisions and casualties:
Delivering Vision Zero for buses relies on us working in close partnership, not only with operators, but also with a range of other local and national stakeholders. We work together with the Metropolitan Police Service and other partners on a day-to-day basis to improve safety in London.
All of us, whether we are travelling in London or managing the transport network, share a responsibility and a moral obligation to reduce danger and the fear it creates.
Find out more about Vision Zero for London and how you can help.