Update 12th January Jan 14, 2018 12:24:25 GMT
Post by snoggle on Jan 14, 2018 12:24:25 GMT
I'm sorry but if you read the relevant TfL Panel and Board papers and their response to the Assembly report on bus safety you will see this simply is not the case. The biggest accident risk on buses is slips, trips and falls. Asking people to hold on as the bus is about to move is an attempt to deal with part of this risk portfolio. How long before we get "please remain in your seats until the bus has stopped"? This will be to try to reduce the issues on stairs on double deckers. Of course, dwell time at stops will go south meaning longer journeys for everyone and worse services as TfL cut frequencies to cope with the longer round trip times.
All of this is driven by politicians. Look back over the last 2 years worth of Mayor's Questions. Look at the stuff from Comadad. This is where all the responsibility sits for the mire we are descending into to. We will have 100% safe buses because they'll have no passengers in time if we carry on like this. Making a safe public transport mode unpopular and forcing people onto less safe modes is no way to improve safety but the politicians have become fixated on making buses safer than railways which is a questionable objective IMO.
I agree with TB141 that the issue with the new message is its timing relative to what the bus is actually doing. This is what is causing the ridicule and comments coupled with incredulity about being told to hold on. The whole thing could have been implemented more effectively and with some supporting media coverage to explain the purpose of the message.