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Bus Passengers

Volume 172: debated on Tuesday 15 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list in the Official Report the requirements and regulations covering folding crew seats and jump seats used by bus passengers.

The requirements for crew seats in buses are contained in the Public Service Vehicles (Conditions of Fitness, Equipment, Use and Certification) Regulations 1981, (SI 1981/257) as amended by SI 1982/1058. The relevant regulations are Nos. 3, 6, 25, 26, 28, 28A and 45A.The requirements for seat belts for bus crew seats are contained in the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, SI 1986/1078, as amended by SI 1987/1133. The relevant regulations are Nos. 46 and 47.The Conditions of Fitness Regulations do not permit the use of crew seats by bus passengers. Neither do they refer to "jump seats". However, any seat used by a passenger must comply with regulation 28.