TfL have finally agreed to allow passengers to enter buses via the middle/rear doors in London and not have to tap in.
Bus drivers have been calling for such a move for weeks after similar measures were adopted in many other nations. At least 19 drivers have died in recent weeks.
TfL’s director of bus operations Claire Mann stated: “Bus drivers are pivotal in ensuring critical workers like NHS staff and grocery workers can perform the vital roles they do during this national emergency. Their efforts are nothing short of heroic, and it is essential that we leave no stone unturned when looking to protect them.”
Many bus drivers have challenged that narrative and questioned why TfL and the Mayor have been so slow to adopt safety measures.
A loss of income is expected to be a drop in the ocean given substantial falls already seen across all forms of transport. Bus use is already vastly down as is tube, DLR and London Overground. TfL suspended the Congestion Charge weeks ago yet retained charges for bus use until today.
Changes take effect on Monday 20th April.