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Buses: Crimes of Violence

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many attacks there were on bus drivers in each of the last five years. (225624)

The Department for Transport does not hold data on the numbers of attacks against bus drivers. However, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are able to provide the following information:

Attacks against bus and coach drivers

Number of attacks

2002-03

483

2003-04

398

2004-05

403

2005-06

405

2006-07

380

Total

2,069

Source:

Data collected by HSE and local authorities under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995

For this period, no fatal injuries to bus drivers involving acts of violence were reported to HSE or local authorities (under RIDDOR).

It is important to note that incidents involving bus drivers will only be reported to HSE or local authorities if they come into the RIDDOR criteria of ‘fatal’ or ‘major’, or if the attack resulted in a period of sick absence of more than three days. There will of course be other instances of less serious violence or verbal attacks which are not recorded centrally. And in many cases, the bus driver concerned may choose to not report the incident to his or her employer.