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Buses: Regulation

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost to bus and coach operators of implementating the measures included in the proposed EU Regulation 2008/0237 on the rights of passengers in bus and coach transport. (256609)

[holding answer 12 February 2009]: The Department for Transport will be consulting shortly on the European Commission’s proposal for a regulation on bus and coach passenger rights including our initial assessment of its impact.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the likely effects on trends in the number of spurious claims of injury by bus and coach passengers of implementation of provisions in the proposed EU Regulation 2008/0237 on the rights of passengers in bus and coach transport. (256610)

[holding answer 12 February 2009]: The European Commission’s proposal for a new regulation on bus and coach passenger rights would make operators liable for loss or damage resulting from the death, personal injury or mental harm to passengers caused by an accident while the passengers were on, entering or leaving the vehicle. In certain circumstances the operator would not be able to contest damages, although they would not be liable if the accident was the fault of the passenger or caused by the passenger’s negligence. No assessment has been made of the likely effect of these provisions on trends in the number of spurious injury claims made by passengers. The Department will shortly be consulting on the European Commission’s proposal to help inform the Government’s position.