Case 331 – Coach driver unable to turn off inside overhead lights


Enquirer was travelling on a coach when the driver made an announcement that he could not turn off two small LED overhead lights due to health and safety reasons. There were still blue LED lights running the entire length of the coach at ground level along the walkway.

Panel decision

Overhead lights are provided to assist passengers who, for example, may want to read at night. Their use should be at the discretion of the passenger and there is no health and safety reason why they could not be switched off. If there was some other reason why the lights on this particular coach could not be turned off the driver should have provided a proper explanation instead of wrongly using ‘health and safety’ as an excuse.

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