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Buses

Volume 127: debated on Friday 12 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he will, in the course of his current review of the Public Service Vehicles, Conduct of Drivers, etc, Regulations, give further consideration to the case for preserving in the revised regulations the existing obligation on drivers and conductors, as opposed to bus operators, to ensure that information on vehicles about destinations, route numbers, and so on, is correctly displayed; and if he will make a statement.

Any failure by a driver or a conductor to display adequate information about the destination or routes of a service should be a disciplinary matter for the operator, not a criminal offence.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he will, in the course of his current review of the Public Service Vehicles, Conduct of Drivers, etc, Regulations, propose the introduction of a ban on smoking by drivers, conductors and inspectors at all times in those areas of a bus in which smoking by passengers is prohibited; and if he will make a statement.

The 1936 regulations ban smoking by drivers and conductors during a journey or when there are passengers on board. I propose to extend this obligation to inspectors.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he will, in the course of his current review of the Public Service Vehicles, Conduct of Drivers, etc, Regulations, give further consideration to the case for preserving in the revised regulations the existing prohibition on singing, shouting, spitting and begging; and if he will make a statement.

The revised regulations that I propose to put to Parliament contain a new prohibition against actions which cause discomfort to anyone travelling on the vehicle or which soil the fittings of the vehicle or the clothing of other passengers. They would also make it an offence to play musical instruments or sound-recording equipment unreasonably to the annoyance of other people.