With my previous FoI about New Bus fuel consumption now the subject of ICO investigation, I must be mad to put in another one. So I have:

Dear Transport for London,

Could I kindly request the following information:

1) A copy of any guidance issued to New Bus for London second crew
around their duties, roles and responsibilities. If this is too
large, I am specifically looking for instruction around:
i) What to do if a passenger tries to board or alight between
ii) How the rear platform is managed between stops with respect to
passengers being allowed to enter it
iii) What to do if someone boards the vehicle and doesn’t touch in
iv) the official job title of the second crewmember

2) Guidance issued to the driver about how the rear platform is to
be operated when the second crew member is present and when they
are absent

3) Confirmation as to whether or not the second crew is considered
necessary for operation of the vehicle in open platform mode (i.e.
in the case of the second crew not appearing for the booked turn is
the bus taken out of service, operated in open platform mode
without second crew or operated solely by the driver with all doors
closed while in motion like a conventional vehicle)

4) Further to information received in response to request
IRV-141-1213 about the fuel consumption of hybrids on route 73,
could I have the same figure for the existing five B5LH model
hybrids used on route 24 from 11/2012 to 6/2013

5) Confirmation that the kerb weight of initial production NBfL’s
is 12460kg as visible on photographs of the vehicles.

6) Confirmation that the placarded capacity of the initial
production NBfL’s is 62 seated + 18 standees for a total of 80 as
reported by Simon Harris of ITV News.

Yours faithfully,

Tom Barry

 The reason for asking about the second crew stuff should be blindingly  obvious after Helen’s post earlier.  The reason for asking the hybrid consumption is quite simple – the eventually extracted figure of 6.1mpg for B5LH’s on the 73 is not directly comparable to any NB4L route since they’ve never operated the 73.  The 24, on the other hand, has had 5 new B5LH’s for the last seven months which should provide a direct comparison on the same route.  The weight and capacity check is to confirm existing information and to allow us to add a correction factor to the fuel consumption in the case that it’s being achieved by moving fewer people about, which you don’t get prizes for.

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