Myth: Ten children from Leeds accompanying 14 French pupils on an exchange visit were turfed off a French bus on a “closed door tour” because EC regulations forbid the carrying of British passengers.
Response: Yes, under present EC regulations it is forbidden for a bus on a “closed door tour” in another country to take aboard other passengers, unless special authorisation is granted in advance. And indeed, even getting special authorisation is complicated. These rules are no more stringent than existing rules including British ones. Transport of passengers is higly protected throughout the Community. However, these restrictions will be relaxed in 1996 thanks to Community legislation. Once this legislation comes into force, a case like the one concerning the children from Leeds will be a thing of the past.