T he doomed bendy buses decommissioned by London Mayor Boris Johnson and shipped to Malta have been taken off the roads by the government after three burst into flames in as many days.
Why are bendy buses dangerous?
Today’s figures show that bendy buses cause 5.6 pedestrian injuries per million miles operated, compared with 2.6 for all other buses. They are involved in 2.62 collisions with cyclists per million miles, compared with 0.97 for other buses.
How do bendy buses work?
In most puller articulated buses, the engine is mounted under the floor between the front and middle axles, and only the middle axle is powered. … This type of bus also performs better in snowy or icy conditions, as the thrust from the driving wheels does not cause the vehicle to jackknife.
Are double decker buses better?
One of the bigger advantages of double decker buses is that they’re able to transport more passengers than a single decker without taking up more space on the road, since the extra level is built up instead of out.
Why do London buses have two doors?
TfL generally operates two door buses as this speeds boarding and alighting, particularly at busy stops. However due to physical constraints such as tight corners, some routes can only be operated with buses of less than 9m in length. These only have one door.
What Licence do you need to drive a bendy bus?
Explanation: An articulated bus, commonly known as a ‘bendy bus’, isn’t considered to be a bus towing a trailer. Therefore, it can be driven on a category D licence.