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Schools: Transport

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will extend the requirement to wear seat belts to include buses used to transport pupils to school in vehicles hired from or operated by bus companies and local authorities. (202095)

The Department for Transport is presently considering responses to its consultation on regulations to require children under 14 years of age to use seat belts in buses and coaches where they are fitted. There are no plans for legislation to require that all vehicles used for school transport must have seat belts fitted—that can already be achieved by school authorities for contracted vehicles.