Interesting to note that one of the big bendy-bus companies are paying drivers an extra £40 per month to sign a yearly gagging order not to talk about the problems of driving bendy buses to the press !!
In France 45% of its buses are bendy. In 2001 78% of all fatalities involving buses involved bendy buses ! Of these fatalities, 95% involved padestrians and cyclists.
Suttgart, Munich and Berlin transport authorities have announced plans in the last six months to phase bendy buses off their streets.
The really worrying thing about bendy-bus accidents is that the driver does not know it has occurred until he is back at the depot or stopped by a police car !!
Ken has bought these buses into London's narrow streets as a brazen publicity gesture. The British Road Safety Authority say only about 20% of London's road are suitable for these vehicles. Non of the large Public Transport Insurers such as Artram or Gisen Prov are prepared to accept public liability cover for these vehicles !!
Why didn't London check all this out before spending a fortune on these stupid buses. At London Bridge, when they come out of the station to get out to go over the Bridge, they always block the road up, without fail. Our streets are too windy and bendy for these monstrosities. No wonder France and Germany are phasing them out!
The only successful bendy things I've ever seen were the trams in Amsterdam. But the bends they go round are only very slight, not 90 degrees plus that the ones here are trying to do!!
If the bus drivers could actually drive properly then they wouldn't get stuck in the streets or have accidents.
There are plenty of other vehicles as big as these that do not bend that are more difficult to drive around London which manage to circumnavigate our streets inccident free.
Bus drivers are crap. Even in a "normal bus" they still manage to cause chaos and accidents on a regular basis. The drivers have never stopped before at and accident and don't now in the new "Bendy Bus". SO WHATS NEW.
Rather than paying them more money they should be harsher on them and sack the drivers that are irresponsible.
plenty of people out there that could that job !!!!