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RULES ON CHILD BUS SEATBELTS ATTACKED

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Government moves to make seat belts compulsory on minibuses and coaches used to carry children are 'too little, to...
Government moves to make seat belts compulsory on minibuses and coaches used to carry children are 'too little, too late', The Guardian reports (p2).

Transport secretary John MacGregor said yesterday that the regulations could become law within a year, following a public consultation exercise this autumn.

The paper reports that there could be some uncertainty during a transition period when older minibuses used by schools may be forced off the road because they do not comply with the rules.

But Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety chief executive Robert Gifford said the action was not enough to leave such serious matters to the vagaries of customer demand.

And the Consumers' Association called the government's step-by-step action 'a shameful betrayal'.
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