Saturday, November 16, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
One person a day has been killed or injured in incidents involving London buses in the past five years
Transport for London's figures show, one person a day has been killed or seriously injured in incidents involving London buses in the past five years
They were released to Greater London Authority Conservatives in response to a Freedom of Information request.
TfL's figures show, from 2008 to 2013, 1,889 people have been seriously injured or killed.
In contrast, statistics from the safer Oxford Street Blog show 2026 pedestrians and cyclists killed of seriously injured involving buses since Boris Joynson became Mayor.
Richard Tracey, Greater London Authority Conservative transport spokesman and London Assembly Member for Wandsworth and Merton said: "These figures are alarming and they remain stubbornly high.TfL said only 6% of accidents involving buses resulted in injury. The number was "actually very small and falling", TfL's head of surface transport said.
"Transport bosses need to urgently become more transparent around safety figures.
"Despite persistent questioning for several months, they have not yet been able to provide borough-by-borough breakdowns for recent serious incidents involving their own buses."
The figure of 1,889 people seriously injured or killed in five years translates as 378 a year or 1.03 a day. It is not broken down into how many died and how many were hurt.
In a report, Mr Tracey calls for TfL to publish statistics on the number of fatal and major incidents involving buses on a quarterly basis and for the worst-performing bus companies to be identified.
He also wants accident hotspots to be identified.
Leon Daniels, head of surface transport at TfL, said from next year statistics would be published by borough and route.
He said: "Although bus trips account for over 25% of road journeys in London, only 6% of road collisions resulting in an injury involve London buses, and this is falling.
"Collisions with pedestrians have fallen by around 40% since 2008/09 and fatal collisions have been reduced by around 60%."
But one victim, Tom Kearney, who was seriously injured by a bus in Oxford Street in December 2009, said TfL had a "systemic problem" and was "in denial".
Darren Johnson, Green Party London Assembly Member, said: "The scale of cycling and pedestrian casualties from bus collisions has been a neglected problem for too long.
"London relies on its buses and there are simple and easy steps that Transport for London could take to make them safer, starting by writing safety requirements into the bus company contracts."
Just a few decades ago, it wold take months of intensive training, culminating in the skidpad test, before a bus driver became qualified. Nowdays, it only takes a couple of weeks and the Skid pan has been made redundant.
TfL...Totally Failing London.
Part sourced: BBC News.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Bob Oddy is the deputy Gen. Sec. of the LTDA, are you stating that he met privately with TfL without the knowledge of the LTDA?
You report that Bob Oddy denies he knew the full implications of the restructure at TfL, Garrett Emerson of TfL says he did, it's unclear from the article whose version you believe, can you tell us?
Many have warned time and time again that TfL's agenda is against the best interests of the cab trade, but some seemingly have been more interested in excluding others rather than holding TfL to account.
to have all the trade orgs. together, it's a necessity not a choice.
You know who to contact, I am sure they look forward to hearing from you.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
As millions marked Armistice Day across the world, members of the public, old soldiers and serving servicemen and women stood in silence for the arrival of Harold Percival's funeral cortege at the crematorium in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire.
Helen Chapman, LTPH Interim general manager, said:
“Currently there are two taxi manufacturers, the London Taxi Company and Mercedes Vitos adapted by One80 Ltd, which have a variety of vehicle models that are licensed.
“Some older models of taxis from other manufacturers, which meet the Conditions of Fitness and are approved for use in London, are the Metrocab and Asquith taxi models.
“TfL is also aware of, and working closely with, a number of other vehicle manufacturers that are developing new zero emission capable taxis which will also fully meet the Conditions of Fitness.”
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Janet Wareing, a matron at the care home in Lytham, paid tribute to the veteran:"Harold was a lovely character, very strong-willed and independent.
"He was quite a private man, and he loved reading his Daily Telegraph every morning.
"We have already been contacted by military veterans who are intending to come, even though they have never met him. We've been told one group is looking to bring around 200 people to the service, which would be fantastic."
From the ITV news Website
Appeal for guests at war veteran's funeral goes viral