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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-13081: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 29 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what guidance it issues to ensure that public transport vehicles are sufficiently warm for passengers during winter, and what minimum temperature it sets.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 12 December 2017

Bus design and vehicle construction is reserved to the UK Parliament however the internal temperature on-board buses and coaches is not an area that the Department for Transport regulates.

There are no minimum or maximum temperature levels on buses and coaches or regulations forcing companies to maintain a heating system on a vehicle should one be fitted. There are currently no plans to introduce any domestic legislation to maintain a maximum or minimum temperature on public service vehicles in the UK.

Operators should ensure that both heating and ventilation systems are in full working order and well-maintained for the comfort of passengers and drivers.

Under the ScotRail Franchise, Service Schedule 25 - Train, Heating/Ventilation is measured through SQUIRE (Service Quality Incentive Regime). The SQUIRE Inspectors carry temperature guns to test this is between 10 and 25 degrees centigrade when a train is in service.