Project: Assessment of the Safety of Passengers in Urban Buses

Reference: S082H/VE

Last update: 22/09/2003 09:32:56


The project will:

* identify injury accident patterns for casualties amongst passengers on buses, coaches and minibuses used for local services;
* assess how the passenger safety of buses, coaches and minibuses used for local services is affected by current vehicle design and likely design changes; and
* make recommendations on how designs could be altered to improve the safety of passengers on PSV's used for local services.


The types of accidents and injuries sustained at each stage of bus travel were investigated with the various hazards at each stage being outlined. It also looked in detail at the design features on typical urban buses and their effects on casualty rates. In addition to the physical structure of the bus, the possibility of surrounding visual and audible environment having an effect on the rate of accidents was also examined.

This project has now reached the end of the research and report stage.


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Contract details

Cost to the Department: £89,930.00

Actual start date: 27 June 1997

Actual completion date: 31 December 1999


Assessment of the Safety of Passengers in Urban Buses
Author: ICE Ergonomics
Publication date: 01/12/2000
Source: Contact

Assessment of Passenger Safety in Local Service PSV's
Author: Ergonomic and Safety Research Ltd
Publication date: 01/08/1999
Source: Contact

Summary of results

  1. Travelling on a local bus service is a safer way to travel than by car. The project did identify areas where bus passengers are more likely to be involved in injury accidents, mainly passengers moving to or from seats whilst the bus is moving.