Thank you Mike.
Clearly, I would like to get something done about this which is why I've raised the issue in the first place. I'm glad it's attracted some attention, and I'm not just doing it because I like the sound of my own keyboard! If people choose to break the law in such a manner as not interfere with the rights and security of others, I've no problem with that, but when they break laws which are in place to protect us all, then it becomes a concern to all of us. I feel that my life, and those of other road users, are put at risk by this dangerous practice.
This is not like being a schooolyard sneak, I believe it's a duty to protect people from danger. Also, as someone once pointed out to me, in France it's an offence NOT to report a crime being committed. I realise that using a 'phone at the wheel is not a 'crime' but given the potentally serious consequences when a passenger bus or heavy lorry is involved, it is a serious matter.
You say my approach is partially counter-productive (for which I read 'antagonistic') and that is a fair comment but my approach to the bus operators has not revealed my prejudices against the French way of doing things, I have only stated that here. I do find it frustrating, discourteous, and irritating when a communication to a body which as a duty to serve the public is ignored or dismissed, and I am sorry to say but I do find that very French! In particular, the aspect of attempting to criminalise and intimidate me for providing evidence of the bus drivers' blatant flouting of the law.
On a happier note, I saw a (corrected: I said Afrox which is the South African equivalent)
Primagaz lorry laden with gas bottles being driven through Sophia recently and I contacted Primagaz through their website and had an immediate and positive response which was followed up with a contact to the company whom they subcontract for transport. I was kept informed and thanked at all stages. This is what I expect.
The incident with the 500 bus was related to me by a friend, he relayed the correspondence to me. He, of course, does not wish to raise his head above the parapet, like so many people, but would be the first to whine if someone close to him were hurt.
'All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing'
I will dig out all the appropriate correspondence I have had with TAM and Envibus relating to this matter over a period of time, and let's commence battle!
In the last few months I've hardly used buses, but when I did, have not seen any drivers using mobiles. Whether this is due to an improvement in behaviour or not I can't say, as my usage has been too small to be valid.
Edited to add that one of the reasons I've used the buses less is that they seem to be on strike more often than not, I have just heard some are on strike again today.
Edited by MikeP, 26 June 2012 - 14:33.