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Volume 174: debated on Tuesday 12 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement regarding the European Commission proposals to limit the speed of passenger coaches and the policy of Her Majesty's Government in respect of such proposals.

[holding answer 8 June 1990]: The Government have for many years attached high importance to securing safe coach travel. The Commission's proposed uniform technical standard for speed limiters, which we support, draws heavily on the British standard operative since 1987. All new coaches used in Britain have to be fitted with speed limiters and I am glad to say that the Bus and Coach Council is urging its members to retrofit older vehicles well before the deadline we have set of next April.