Conservative member of the Greater London Assembly Roger Evans obtained the figures through a Freedom of Information request. He called for "sting operations" to be carried out by undercover police officers to crack down on the mistreatment:
Four London bus drivers are attacked or verbally abused every day. Hundreds of incidents where drivers have been physically assaulted, threatened with a weapon or had abuse hurled at them are reported to police each year.
A total of 4,967 incidents were recorded in the three years to spring 2013, 38% of which involved assaults or weapons being brandished.
Transport for London has today announced that it is to stop accepting cash fares on London buses from summer this year. Other measures include:
- Introducing a new ‘one more journey’ feature on Oyster that will allow passengers with less than the single bus fare (currently £1.45) but who have a positive balance on their card to make one more bus journey before they have to add credit to their card
A review of the Oyster Ticket Stop network to see if additional locations can be identified, particularly in outer London
An information campaign to increase awareness of the benefits of contactless payment cards & Oyster Pay As You Go, which offer a bus fare for 95p less than the current cash fare
- Refreshed guidance for all 24,500 London bus drivers to ensure a consistent approach is taken when dealing with vulnerable passengers
This morning another accident left a cyclist injured after colliding with a bus. The incident in Vauxhall came as figures were released showing the number of buses involved in serious accidents in the capital. Over the last five years 1,889 people have been killed or seriously injured.
Ria Chatterjee reports.
London bus drivers will get training to understand how to help disabled and elderly passengers, under a new training scheme from TFL.
The "All Aboard" training scheme was designed with the help of passengers who need help boarding the capital's buses.
The training is made up of four short films which depict poor treatment of disabled passengers in real life scenarios. The videos then go on to show how small changes in helping these passengers can make their journeys much easier.
A London Routemaster bus is being used to promote Britain as a destination for trade, tourism and investment. Prince Harry and Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday kicked off a global tour at Milk Studios inNew York City. They arrived on a special edition GREAT London doubledecker bus.
*London Buses statement: *
“At around 09:30 this morning a route 333 bus, operated by London General, was involved in a collision with a cyclist on Kennington Park Road, at the junction with Kennington Road.
"Emergency services attended the scene. There will be a full investigation into this incident.”
Mike Weston, Operations Director.
Transport for London has released new figures showing a 60% increase in 'bus ridership' in London compared to the year 2000. Officials say bus travel in the capital is at a 50 year high.
- Passengers have made over 2.3 billion journeys for first time in 50 years
- London's buses travelled 490 million kilometres last year
- The number of people riding buses is 60% higher than in 2000
Earlier this week London's bus drivers agreed to accept an Olympic bonus of around £577 each, following industrial action. Thousands of them had gone on strike last month over their work schedules during the Olympic Games.