Bus drivers in London are all set to receive a minimum salary of £23,000 a year, Sadiq Khan has announced.
While this figure is the current average starting salary of a bus driver, local variations across private bus companies mean it can in practice be less than this.
The change will be applied to new TfL contracts from next April.
Khan also wants better protections and experience recognition for London’s drivers who move between companies, and better provision of essential facilities like toilets for drivers.
There are around 25,000 bus drivers in the city.
“London’s hard-working bus drivers keep our city moving at all times of day and night. Yet while millions of Londoners rely upon our buses every day, for too long drivers haven’t been getting a fair deal,” the Mayor said.
“Our new proposals will mean that, whichever private bus company you work for, drivers will be entitled to a minimum level of pay. It wasn’t right that a driver with the same level of knowledge, skill and experience could get paid less simply for working on a different route or moving company.
“London’s buses are an iconic and essential part of our everyday life, and our new proposals are the first step towards ensuring our professional drivers are treated fairly, and get the pay they deserve.”