§ 29. Mr. Harry Greenway
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents there have been on London Regional Transport buses with driver-operated passenger doors in each year since their introduction, in proportion to the number of such vehicles in service; and if he will make a statement.101W
§ Mr. Portillo
Figures for the 24 years since such buses were introduced are not available. Listed in the table are boarding and alighting accident figures in recent years for LRT's subsidiary, London Buses Ltd. Accident rates on one-person-operated (OPO) doored buses have declined. Such buses are five times safer than open-platform crewed buses.
London Buses Ltd: Boarding and Alighting Accidents 1983–87 Accidents Accidents per million passenger journeys 1983 OPO bus 575 1.00 Crew bus 2,127 4.15 1984 OPO bus 807 1.24 Crew bus 2,230 4.37 1985 OPO bus 749 1.01 Crew bus 1,662 4.15 1986 OPO bus 737 0.91 Crew bus 1,305 4.56 1987 OPO bus 801 0.85 Crew bus 922 4.78