Work Related Road Safety: An Analysis Based on U.K. Bus Driver Performance

  • Published: Risk Analysis Vol 28, 2008
  • Authors: L. Dorn, and A. Wahlberg
  • Date Added: 28 Feb 2013
  • Last Update: 28 Feb 2013
  • Format: pdf


To review age and experience as accident predictors amongst bus drivers and to consider methodological approaches to understanding.


Driver and RTI data was provided by a majorUK bus company. These data were analysed in various ways to assess the impact which age and experience can have on RTI risk.

Key Findings:

  • Many organisations are concerned about the frequency with which their employees are involved in road traffic incidents, but there is, in comparison to car drivers, few published data to guide company policy and professional driver training.

  • Bus drivers are a special group of professional drivers that differ markedly from car drivers in ways that are likely to affect their RTI risk:

    • Bus drivers already hold a car license before obtaining a bus license and also start driving a bus at a later age than novice car drivers;
    • They have the added pressure of responsibility for passenger’s lives while driving large heavy vehicles often in built up areas; and
    • Organisational factors such as schedules are likely to exert a strong influence on their driving behaviour.
  • The main findings suggest that, overall, there was an initial negative, then thereafter a weak positive effect of age on bus driver RTIs.

  • For driver experience, there was a stronger initial, negative effect on RTI risk.

  • It therefore appears that lack of experience of driving a bus is more influential than age in its contribution to risk at first, but after 2 or 3 years the effect is small.


Bus/Coach RTI risk, Age and experience.


UK based study on basic risk factors for bus drivers – useful angle.