Do Bus Drivers get Traffic Tickets?

You would be surprised at the number of people who have asked me that question.


I finally got the answer – yes they do. And it gets deducted from their wages.

It seems perverse that Transport for London lets the contracts for the bus services to private companies and then claws back some of that money by penalising the poorly paid men and women behind the wheel.

I don’t quite see how that fits into TfL’s vision of “A world class transport system that delivers the safe, reliable and efficient movement of people and goods that enhances London’s economy, environment and social inclusion”.

For a start it plays havoc with the recruitment of drivers. It costs a bus company a few thousand pounds to train a new driver. If, in his first week ‘flying solo’, this driver gets a couple of traffic tickets, that is a large proportion of his/her wages down the toilet.

Many a newly qualified driver has decided that, under the circumstances, they can do better elsewhere.

Just another example of the sheer pointlessness of decriminalised traffic enforcement.


9 Responses to Do Bus Drivers get Traffic Tickets?

  1. Alan West says:

    Do you have stats for the number of newly qualified drivers that have decided “under the circumstances” they can do better elsewhere?

  2. Anecdotal evidence only so far, but I will continue to investigate.

  3. Edward says:

    Well in some ways I do think bus drivers should pay the fines as sometimes they are the worse culprits for blocking box junctions with big buses, and they are the ones driving the buses, not the bus companies. But then the tickets are very high compared to their wages and I think London needs experienced bus drivers to make the roads safer and obviously if they are getting fined regularly they won’t stay in the job long.

    I am surprised TfL fine buses at all. What about local councils that also send out fines for box junctions? Do they fine buses too?

  4. Tiempo says:

    The law’s for us all. I have seen too many instances of bus drivers being impatient and taking liberties. It’s pretty straight-forward to stop at a red light and go when it’s green, and to be considerate to other road users.

  5. FromIndia says:

    I am writing this from Hyderabad, India.

    Just today morning on my way to work I was about to be knocked by a bus. This thought then occurred do bus drivers get ticketed for offences they commit. In India they definitely don’t and there would be a UNION protest if they start doing it.

    I do empathise with the drivers when a great part of their salary is lost in tickets, but how will you make them learn that they have broken a rule (rather a law?).

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  7. Breezer says:

    I agree busses need to obey the same road laws as the rest of us, but if it really is a serious impediment to keeping newly recruited drivers and costing the company lots in training, the company could/would offer to split the cost partially with new recruits for the first month, say. I wonder if they ever get a chance to fight them, or, like using many rental cars, the company pays them automatically.

    I suspect new untrained recruits end up paying towards their training (I’ve heard this in one town in Kent before, and being sorta locked-in to working there a while) either through reduced earnings until they’re trained or other ways in the first few months/year.

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  9. Mr A Earle says:

    What normal road users fail to appreciate about buses, is unlike your car which you know the performance intimately; each bus is slightly different, with varying time lags on accelerator and brakes. We have to change buses at least once a day. Therefore impatient car drivers can always cut in front of a bus, after it legitimately entered the box. I have never had this problem in my own car; this problem can be fixed by use of bus lanes, as the council knows, that’s why bus drivers shouldn’t be charged.

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