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 seat belt legislation

http://www.epha.org/a/1765

School Transport Guidance Circular.Scotland

Are covered here
 
See under School Bus Signs and Hazard Warning Lights
See under Seat Belt Requirements

 In England & Wales this information is harder to find

 
 

 

 
Written Answers Thursday 11 February 2010

Cathy Jamieson (Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities insist on seatbelts being fitted to all vehicles used for school transport. Holding answer issued: 10 February 2010 (S3W-31119

Keith Brown: This information is not collected centrally. Local authorities may, through contract specifications, insist on seatbelts being fitted to vehicles used for dedicated school transport. However, there is no requirement in law for all buses to be fitted with seatbelts.

Legislation relating to the fitting of seatbelts on buses is reserved to the UK Parliament.

When the current UK legislation relating to seatbelts on buses was introduced in the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2001, buses specifically designed for urban use with standing passengers were excluded

 

THE LAW ON COACH SEAT BELTS
As to seat belts, since February 1997 seat belts have had to be fitted to all new coaches and to all minibuses whenever they were used specifically for the transport of children under 16. The regulations explicitly includes home-to-school transport but exclude scheduled services.  See note
The requirement is for a minimum of a lap belt to be fitted but this does not preclude three- point belts if it is so desired.
All new coaches, minibuses and buses (except ‘urban buses’) have had to be fitted with seat belts since 1 October 2001.
THIS IS THE REASON MANY BUS OPERATORS RUN OLDER BUSES, THEY ARE AFRAID OF CHILD PROTECTION LAWS
AFRAID CHILDREN WONT USE THEM, THERE ARE EASY ANSWERS TO THAT QUESTION
New regulations which came into  force in September 2006 as a result of an EU Directive changed the rules for buses and  coaches by requiring that seat belts or child restraints must be used by seated occupants  aged three years and above in all moving buses and coaches where they are available.
It also requires passengers to be informed that seat belt wearing is mandatory.
IF YOU HAVE A STORY TO TELL US, A CHILD SADLY KILLED OR INJURED BOARDING OR LEAVING A SCHOOL BUS.
PLEASE CONTACT, WE DO NOT DIVULGE NAMES NOR DO WE USE THEM, UNLESS WITH YOUR AGREEMENT
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