Music on Buses Enforcement

Plenary on 2006-12-06
Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)


At Mayor's Question Time on 15 November the Mayor stated that TfL would be amending regulations so that PCSOs could enforce rules banning people from playing music out loud on buses. Could you elaborate on this and let me know when this change will come into force?


Answer for Music on Buses Enforcement

Answer for Music on Buses Enforcement

Answered By: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Current Public Service Vehicle regulations (which apply to buses) state that no passenger on a vehicle shall play or operate any musical instrument or sound producing equipment to the annoyance of any person on vehicle on in a manner likely to cause annoyance. Anyone in breach of this regulation may be removed from the vehicle. At the current time this regulation can only be enforced by a bus official, Revenue Protection Inspector or a Police Officer.

Along with developing a network-wide behavioural campaign around anti social behaviour and crime on the transport system, TfL are in the process of undertaking a review with stakeholders, including the MPS with regards to the amendment of this regulation. This review will be completed by January 2007.

Transport Operational Command Unit officers already deal with this issue when it is encountered. If the regulations are amended, the 375 additional Safer Transport Teams PCSOs will also be able to tackle this behaviour.