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Passenger Coaches (Seat Belts)

Volume 175: debated on Thursday 5 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement about his policy on the fitting and wearing of seat belts in passenger coaches.

I am strongly in favour of the fitting of good quality seat belts on all seats in coaches and of the belts being worn wherever provided. I am very glad that the Bus and Coach Council is now recommending that all new coaches should be fitted with seat belts. We are discussing further with them the fitting of belts on existing coaches.We are continuing to press for early agreement in the European Community to the mandatory fitment of seat belts on all seats in new coaches.