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London Buses

Volume 454: debated on Monday 11 December 2006

I rise to present a petition backed by a document containing more than 4,500 signatures. The initiative is the brain child of Valeria Martinelli and Tom Wright who are battling on behalf of people who use London buses and London Transport—which includes many of my constituents—who have to endure inconsiderate behaviour. The petition runs parallel with my own campaign against increasing levels of threatening and bad behaviour on London buses.

The petition states:

The Petition of the residents of London and surrounding areas,

Declare that we call upon London Buses to BAN THE USE OF mobile phones and mp3 players playing music loud on buses, and as a matter of urgency to do more to deter passengers from playing music out loud whilst onboard buses and we believe that current advertising/notices on buses are not sufficient and the scale of the problem and its impact on the quality of life of passengers in London are underestimated and we would like to see more done by London Buses to support passengers’ rights and we warmly congratulate The London Assembly and Transport for London on their initial responses to this issue and note that this petition is in tandem with an electronic petition of over 4,500 signatures.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons call upon the Government to seek to obtain a firm policy to tackle this problem from Transport for London and London Buses.

And the petitioners remain, etc.

To lie upon the Table.