Data can be requested in a number of ways by :-
A history facility is available for all except by stop (see below)
The entered value will attempt to match in the order:- registration, operator/fleetnumber, route, stop and as a countdown registration.
In most cases any individual character can be replaced by an underscore '_' to create a wildcard search. The '*' character can be used to replace multiple characters..
In some cases ranges can be specified. A range is signified by the "-" character. A wildcard cannot be used in a request where a range is specified.
In all cases of multiple output, a maximum of 120 entries will be displayed. Each of the requests is explained in detail below
Enter the registration of the vehicle you wish to lookup. Spaces entered are ignored so YX 58 DXA and YX58DXA will be treated the same. Wildcards are allowed as are ranges. Example of valid ranges are YX58DXA-D, returns details of 4 vehicles or GAL E1-100, returns details of 100 vehicles. YX*DXA-D is not valid as it is potentially many ranges.
Any character string less than 5 character long is deemed to be a route number. Wildcards are not allowed as part of the route number. By default information will be displayed by direction of travel and then by vehicle fleet number order. The short code ZZ can be used to toggle the way information is displayed between fleet number order and stop sequence order
Stop ids can be indentified by the 5 character stop codes often displayed in the output from other enquires. If a stop code is entered numerically then spaces and wildcards are not allowed. One or more stop code can be entered by putting a comma between the codes. However no check is made that stop codes are geographically close to each other.
Alternatively a stop or stops can be entered by name. Wildcards can be used as part of the name. The system will check that what is entered is unique. Because special characters, eg '&', cannot be entered to be able to lookup somewhere like "Elephant & Castle" the "&" must be entered as a wildcard character.
Vehicles will be displayed in the order they are expected to arrive although this cannot be guaranteed.
Operator codes cannot be wildcarded and must be included in any fleetnumber request. When requesting data on First London vehicles class codes are optional. To lookup more than one vehicle in a request the fleet nummber may include wildcards or a range may be specified
|AL =||Arriva London||FLN =||First London||SB =||Sullivans Buses|
|ASC =||Arriva Southern Counties  ||GAL =||GoAhead London  ||SLN =||Stagecoach London|
|ASE =||Arriva The Shires||MB =||Metrobus||TLN =||Abellio London|
|CTP =||CT Plus||ML =||Metroline||TT =||Tower Transit|
|EP =||Epsom Buses||RTP =||RATP London|
The facility exists to request the history of a vehicle, ie what routes it has worked on within the last 2 weeks, or the history of a route - what vehicles have been used on the route within the last 2 weeks and when they were last recorded. To obtain history data enter the keyword history followed by a registration, operator/fleetnumber or Route number. This request does not allow wildcards.
The facility exists to request the current predictions for an active vehicle. The request can be by operator/fleet number or by registration. Wildcards are not valid.
Lists are used to provide a number of system defines sets of data. Lists are :-
|new||Vehicles new into service or expected into service. Once a batch of vehicles is complete into service it will be removed from the list|
|ads||This list provides information on all the overall advert buses currently operating in london|
|ooffs||This list provides information on "one offs" eg demonstrators|
|unused||This is a special list and is an administration tool to note vehicles that have not been used since a given date. It has a mandatory parameter of a date in "yyyy-mm-dd" format and optionally an operator code|
A number of commonly used commands are available as short codes. Currently all short codes start with the letter "Z" The following short codes are defined :-
|ZC||Marble arch stops|
|ZD||Paliament Square stops|
|ZE||Hyde Park Corner stops|
|ZF||Trafalgar Square stops|
|ZG||Elephant and Castle stops|
|ZH||List LT ads|
|ZI||List non LT ads|
|ZJ||List Recent ads|
|ZW||Toggle list output between all vehicles and in service vehicles|
|ZX||Toggle stop output between all vehicles and those within lists, such as the new or ads list|
|ZY||Toggle list output between all vehicles and active vehicles|
|ZZ||Toggle route output between fleet number order and stop sequence order|
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