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Funeral Limousines

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Government plan to include the private hire of funeral limousines in the exemption for private hire when transposing EU Directive 2003/20/EC into UK law. (97579)

No. The exception from the compulsory use of child seats or boosters by children permitted by the directive is for taxis. Updated regulations came into force on 18 September 2006 in Great Britain. For this purpose, they apply the exception to licensed taxis and licensed private hire vehicles only. Drivers of these vehicles cannot be expected to know in advance which and how many child seats or boosters may be required by child passengers. However, funeral directors do liaise with bereaved families over arrangements and therefore can arrange to take into account the need for child seats/boosters for child passengers when travelling in dedicated funeral vehicles.