This article outlines the recent European and UK regulations, requiring seat belts to be fitted to vehicles carrying children. It reports on various reactions to the new laws, including concern about the risks from unscrupulous suppliers. The new UK regulations are the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) (No 2) Regulations 1996 (SI 1996 no 163) and an amendment to the Public Service Vehicles (Carrying Capacity) Regulations 1984 (SI no 1406). All 6-16 passenger minibuses and post-September 1988 coaches, used on journeys specifically for schoolchildren, must be fitted with belts by 10 February 1997. All older coaches, used thus, must be fitted by 10 February 1998. The belts and their anchorages must comply with European Union Directive EEC/76/115 and ECE Regulation 14. EU Directive EEC/77/541 and ECE Regulation 16 specify minimum seat-belt standards. Belts must be fitted on forward-facing seats, but are not required for side-facing seats. Vehicle safety experts say the belts can rarely be fitted properly without first fitting new seats. Vehicle manufacturers are being forced to modify vehicles rapidly to satisfy the new UK laws. The article describes how the Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA) is working with several manufacturers to test seat-belt modifications to vehicle structures.

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    Institute of Road Transport Engineeers

    1 Cromwell Place
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  • Authors:
    • MILLAR, A
  • Publication Date: 1996-5


  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 21-2
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  • Accession Number: 00726600
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Oct 28 1996 12:00AM