TfL stops bus drivers from forcing passengers to wear face masks
Transport for London has banned drivers from enforcing the wearing of masks on their buses, despite it being made compulsory in England more than two weeks ago.
Bus drivers have told LBC they are being threatened with disciplinary action if they try to confront or refuse boarding to passengers without face masks.
One driver, who did not wish to be named, told LBC it was “very concerning” that he was expected to refuse travel if people fail to pay the fare, but not if they fail to wear a mask.
He said: “We’re seeing a huge amount of people that aren’t complying, there’s no enforcement taking place, and it’s putting the safety of our other passengers who are complying at risk.
"We have some of the most vulnerable people in society using London buses, and selfish individuals that don’t wear a mask, and we can’t stop them boarding without the risk of being disciplined.”
LBC has been told about disputes breaking out on buses between passengers over the wearing of masks, with drivers unable to intervene given the ban on enforcement.
The Conservatives have accused Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, as chair of Transport for London (TfL), of hypocrisy.
Mr Khan has repeatedly called for compulsory face masks on public transport and has since demanded that Downing Street make them compulsory in confined spaces.
However, the London Conservatives’ Transport spokesman Keith Prince questioned the Labour mayor's mixed messaging.
Mr Prince said: “How can the Mayor in one voice ...
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