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CALLS FOR SEAT BELTS IN SCHOOL BUSES AFTER FATAL CRASH

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Yesterday's minibus crash in Yorkshire in which two cub scouts were killed has redoubled calls for vehicles such as...
Yesterday's minibus crash in Yorkshire in which two cub scouts were killed has redoubled calls for vehicles such as school buses to be fitted with seat belts, BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning.

Pat Harries, founder of pressure group Belt Up School Kids (BUSK) said the government must change the law to require seat belts in minibuses. This is supported by the Consumers Association, Today said.

But David Watson of the Confederation of Passenger Transport said current regulations ban belts from being fitted in coaches and minibuses. He told the programme the industry would welcome the government brining in regulations to allow seat belts.

Matthew Banks MP, vice chairman of the Conservative transport committee, told Today that introducing compulsory seat belts might contravene European regulations. He hoped the government would be able to introduce legislation soon, but it should not rush into anything before the publication of the Department of Transport's report into seat belts.
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