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routeone Issue 702 - 9 August 2017

NEWS/this week TfL in drive for ‘major improvements’ in bus safety New standards to cover 11 key technical points, including action on bus fires Volvo tops £94,000 with charity golf fund raiser Volvo Bus has raised £94,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT), thanks to a further £15,000 gained from its eighth annual golf day at the Warwickshire Golf and Country Club. Each year the event, a regular 12 / ROUTE…ONE.NET 9 AUGUST 2017 fixture in the industry’s calendar, attracts 100 golfers including business partners and suppliers. Nick Page, MD Volvo Bus UK & Ireland, says: “We are grateful to everyone who once again support the day and helped to raise money for this important cause.” TCT Regional Fundraiser Charlotte Kendall adds: “We are incredibly grateful and cannot thank Volvo enough for its commitment to the cause.” runaway buses; bus fires; bus conspicuity; improved driver vision; front of bus redesign; grab poles, bars and seating; headrests; non-slip flooring and quiet running buses. Manufacturers might offer some improvements across their provincial ranges too. It is expected that BSS will be introduced in winter 2018, later than the December 2017 target set in 2016. As part of BSS, the planned iBus 2 programme could include a speed limiting function, interacting with GPS data and linking to a digital speed limit map. There could also be a centralised system for monitoring driver behaviour at a network level. Design innovations include improving wing mirror design, windscreen glazing, and front of bus re-design to reduce the impact of any collision. Instead of trialling these innovations one at a time, as TfL has done previously with pedestrian and cyclist detection systems and Bus ISA, TfL is looking to trial a number of innovations, which will be written into the vehicle specification as the BSS. Comments Alexander Dennis: “We’re working with TfL to define a bus safety standard. Each of the items will undergo rigorous analysis and testing, and where an appropriate countermeasure exists, its performance envelope and test methodology will be established, becoming a new requirement in TfL’s BSS.” The BSS comes as a result of the Bus Safety Programme (BSP) in 2016, with the intention to “drive major improvements in safety across London’s bus network.” Over the last two years, 25 people have been killed by buses in London, and a further 12,000 injured, mostly from slips, trips and falls on a bus. Mel Holley / Editor Transport for London (TfL) is developing a Bus Safety Standard (BSS), using technology to make buses safer. When implemented, the BSS will be a requirement for all new buses under TfL contracts. It will define technical safety requirements that all new buses for London must adhere to. Technologies for detecting vulnerable road users, speedlimiting and speed adaptation (Intelligent Speed Adaptation – ISA) and Automatic Electronic Braking are being considered. Specifically, TfL is working with bus manufacturers on: autonomous emergency braking; pedal confusion;


routeone Issue 702 - 9 August 2017
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