Project: Risk Assessment of Bus Safety Features in the Draft EU Directive

Reference: S170A/VC

Last update: 21/07/2004 10:00:38

Objectives

This project is looking at our current regulations and determine if the new requirements are satisfactory from a safety angle.

Description

The EC is working on a new bus and coach directive which is now in draft. The market for these vehicles is substantially different in the UK than from most of the other member states. The safety requirements, therefore, need to be looked at from the UK viewpoint to ensure our needs are properly taken into consideration.

Contractor(s)

Sian Thornwaite Consultants Ltd
Nelson House, 1a Church Street, Epsom , Surrey, KT17 4PF
+44 (0)1372 747001

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £85,290.00

Actual start date: 31 January 1996

Actual completion date: 31 March 1998

Publication(s)

Risk Assessment of the Bus Directive Safety Features. Final Report
Author: Sian Thornwaite Consultants Ltd
Publication date: 01/03/1998
Unpublished
Source: Contact: geoff.harvey@dft.gsi.gov.uk

Risk Assessment of the Bus Directive Safety Features. Executive Summary
Author: Sian Thornwaite Consultants Ltd
Publication date: 01/03/1998
Unpublished
Source: Contact: geoff.harvey@dft.gsi.gov.uk

Summary of results

  1. This study provided evidence that certain aspects of the Directive do offer the potential to increase the risks to passengers, although these clearly vary according to the type of operation or route. European Directives and the national rules of Member States should rightly focus on safety and environmental issues. However, where a Member State has regulated for operational rather than safety reasons these should not be taken into account within a harmonising Directive.