New bus safety rules could ban them (double-decker buses) from Britain’s streets altogether. The British symbol, recognised worldwide, is threatened because double-decker buses are presumed less safe and accessible to disabled passengers than single-deck buses.
(the Daily Telegraph, 9 April 1998, supplement, p3)
This story has appeared in the context of moves within the European Commission, European Parliament and Member States towards improving the protection of bus and coach passengers and making buses more accessible for the disabled. While EU legislation means that buses should become safer to ride in, there are no moves to outlaw the traditional red double-decker bus. Any new regulations will apply only to new buses and coaches and not to existing ones.