SEAT BELTS - THE REGULATIONS

This feature considers various aspects of the new regulations for seat belts in minibuses, buses and coaches, recently published by the Department of Transport (DoT). In certain circumstances, the fitting of seat belts will be mandatory in these vehicles. The new regulations will be phased into UK law during 1996, 1997, and 1998, and are set out in the following Statutory Instruments: (1996:163) The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) (no. 2) Regulations 1996; and (1996:167) The Public Service Vehicles (Carrying Capacity) (Amendment) Regulations 1996. The feature begins with an article that examines the Confederation of Passenger Transport's (CPT's) interpretation of the regulations, with special reference to seat belt requirements and installation. The regulations do not change the legislation about the wearing of seat belts, but the 'three for two' concession will, from 1 May 1996, be limited to passenger seats without seat belts fitted. The CPT's statement is intended for general guidance only. The feature's second article looks at the British Standards Institution's (BSI's) views on coach safety and outlines some of its work in this area. Short news items are included on seat belts for minibuses, buses and coaches, and on their use for safe travel to school.

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    Yandell Publishing Limited

    9 Vermont Place, Tongwell
    Milton Keynes,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1996-4

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00725480
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 26 1996 12:00AM