HC Deb 14 January 2004 vol 416 c744W
Mr. Edwards

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to prevent overcrowding on scheduled bus services taking pupils to school in rural areas; and if he will end the three for two rule. [146821]

Mr. Jamieson

Before a bus enters into service it is a requirement, under regulation 8 of the Public Service Vehicles (Carrying Capacity) Regulations 1984, that it has to be marked with the number of passengers, both standees and seated that it may safely carry. Both children and adults are considered as the same within these regulations. If these numbers are exceeded the vehicle would be deemed as operating illegally and then it becomes a matter for the enforcement agencies to pursue.

Currently there are no plans to abolish the three for two rule.

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