Buses: Ventilation

Department for Transport written question – answered on 14th July 2021.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of (a) the new filter used in the ventilation system of Reading Buses and (b) the potential merits of that system across the UK in preventing covid-19.

Photo of Rachel Maclean Rachel Maclean Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Officials have been engaging with the Confederation of Passenger Transport and their members regarding ventilation on buses. Buses typically rely on opening windows for passenger ventilation and the industry uses a range of methods to ensure windows are kept open. The Department does not hold information on Reading Buses specifically.

More widely, guidance on ventilation is included within the Department’s ‘Safer Transport Guidance for Operators’.

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