Myth: Britain is powerless to introduce and enforce legislation on the compulsory fitting of seat belts on coaches in the UK without the backing of the European Commission and the agreement of all other EC countries.
Source: Robert Key MP, BBC TV News (10 November 1993)
Response: The Commission has long backed the introduction of a Directive making it compulsory for seat belts to be fitted to all seats in buses and coaches. This is reflected in a Commission Directive adopted in October 1990 (90/628) which referred to the need for a further Directive to improve the protection of passengers in buses and coaches against ejection in case of an accident. A series of technical meetings since 1991 have been unable to make headway due to the opposition of several Member States.
In these circumstances the UK Government is free to legislate for the introduction of seat belts on all seats on coaches and buses registered in the UK. What would not currently be possible however is for the Government to insist on vehicles registered in other EC Member States having to comply with this requirement.