TfL’s getting serious about bus safety, announcing a series of new measures designed to save lives on London’s roads. The transport body will trial new collision avoidance sensors and emergency brakes on buses later this year, with a view to rolling them out in 2017. Drivers will also be provided with improved safety training and contracts with bus companies will feature greater safety incentives. Don't kill people = Make more money (we presume).
The initial target is to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the capital's roads by 50 per cent by the year 2020, though the long term goal is to make the capital’s roads as safe as possible. 77 people are reported to have been killed in collisions with TfL buses since December 2009, which shows just how much work needs to be done.
As well as the measures outlined above, TfL will introduce an incident support service and collect more detailed bus collision data. “I’m proud we have one of the safest bus networks in the world but I’m determined to see it get even better by making the most of the latest technology and initiatives to keep passengers and road users safe,” said
King Boris Mayor of London Boris Johnson.
A high-profile incident last year saw unicyclist Antony Shields knocked over and pinned to the ground by a bus in Walthamstow, prompting members of the public to intervene/take pictures on their phones. Once the bus passengers realised what was going on and jumped off, a large group of bystanders managed to lift the bus of the poor guy, who managed to escape with his life. [Standard]