Older coaches are not required to have the same safety features as newer coaches and operators can hide the true age of the coach behind private number plates. When improved safety features are required by legislation these are typically only applied to coaches manufactured from that date and do not need to be retro-fitted onto existing coaches. One in five coaches on UK roads today does not have or need to have modern safety features under current legislation.
This is a terrifyingly dangerous combination that has to change and improved legislation is desperately needed.
We have launched a campaign to try to get the legislation changed and as a first step we are trying to get this matter debated in parliament. To do this we need to get 100,000 people to sign up to our e-petition.
We are specifically asking for the following:
- If safety legislation is passed this should apply to all coaches, not just ones manufactured from that date and all coaches should be brought up to standard or decommissioned.
- Operators should not be able to hide the age of their coaches behind private plates
- When booking a coach there should be absolute transparency over the age of the coach, the level of safety equipment it has (or a system of safety rating) and the licence safety/compliance history of the operator.
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