London Vehicle Finder help page

Last updated: 5/4/2017


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

By Registration:

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.

By Route:

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

By Stop:

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.

By Operator/Fleetnumber:

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

Valid Operator codes are :-

AL = Arriva London FLN = First LondonSB = Sullivan Buses
ASC = Arriva Southern Counties  GAL = GoAhead London  SLN = Stagecoach London
ASE = Arriva The ShiresMB = MetrobusTLN = Abellio London
CTP = CT PlusML = MetrolineTT = Tower Transit
EP = Epsom BusesRTP = 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

With lists it is allowed to append an operator code to filter the list for just that operator eg "List new GAL" will show just the new vehicles for GoAhead and "List ads RTP" will show the ads currently carried by RTP vehicles. The operator code can also be applied to the short code eg "ZA RTP" is equivalent to "List new RTP"

Short codes:

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 :-

ZA List new
ZB List ads
ZC Marble arch stops
ZD Paliament Square stops
ZE Hyde Park Corner stops
ZF Trafalgar Square stops
ZG Elephant and Castle stops
ZH Oxford Circus stops
ZI List LT ads
ZJ List non LT ads
ZK 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