HC Deb 13 July 1999 vol 335 c132W
Mr. Gordon Prentice

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions for what reason persons who hold a current United Kingdom driving licence have to sit a driving theory test as part of the qualifying test for a public service vehicle licence. [90647]

Ms Glenda Jackson

It is vital that people who wish to drive buses and coaches are properly trained and tested. The theory test examines a learner's knowledge and understanding of road safety matters relating to these vehicles before having skills and behaviour assessed in a practical test.