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Rapid Transit Systems: Accidents

Volume 504: debated on Friday 29 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport which body has responsibility for (a) investigating accidents causing (i) injuries and (ii) fatalities on guided busways and (b) making recommendations for action in consequence. (312631)

It is the responsibility of the operator of a guided busway to satisfy itself that safety systems are appropriate.

The police would take the lead in any investigation of an accident involving guided buses in the same way as any other road traffic incident.

The police may refer cases or liaise with the Vehicle Operator Services Agency and the Health and Safety Executive where evidence indicates that serious health and safety management failures have significantly contributed to an incident and these cannot be addressed by road traffic legislation.