Coach Safety

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11 July 1983.

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Photo of Mrs Lynda Chalker Mrs Lynda Chalker , Wallasey 12:00, 11 July 1983

There is no evidence for what the hon. Gentleman has said. Operators are responsible not only for the timetabling of their routes but for the fitness of their drivers. As the hon. Gentleman knows, there is already a 70 mph limit. Last week I met the officers of the traffic committee of the Association of Chief Police Officers to discuss this, and its enforcement, and this week I shall be meeting representatives of the Bus and Coach Council, the Transport and General Workers Union and the National Bus Company to discuss keeping within the law and making sure that safety standards on British coaches are maintained.