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Bus Drivers: Use Of Mobile Phones

Volume 576: debated on Saturday 17 February 1996

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether London bus drivers are permitted to use a mobile phone or radio while on the move.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport
(Viscount Goschen)

Drivers of London Transport bus services are expected to comply with the Highway Code with regard to the use of mobile phones. I understand that some bus companies give their drivers mobile phones for use in emergencies or for service control.

The majority of the London bus fleet is equipped with two-way radios which have hands-free operation. The radio system is used in cases of emergency and for service control. All new London Transport bus route contracts require buses to be equipped with radios.