Mandatory Seat Belts for Commercial Vehicles
Publication date: 25 May 2005
Parliament adopted three recommendations for second reading on a package of measures to make seat belts compulsory in all vehicles. Seat belts will in future have to be fitted not only in private cars but also in minibuses, buses, coaches, light commercial vehicles and lorries. This requirement should apply six months after the Directive enters into force, i.e. in the last quarter of this year. The adopted measures include the requirement that seats undergo resistance and energy-dissipation testing in order to ensure maximum protection for passengers in all accident situations.
Parliament and Council have agreed that side-facing seat belts should not be allowed in small buses and coaches, even if these seats have safety seat belts and anchorages. The two institutions agreed that the so-called conference buses should be exempted from these new rules for a maximum of 5 years. In conference buses (vehicles of category M3, class III or B), side-facing seats are grouped together to form an integrated saloon with a maximum of 10 seating positions at the rear of the vehicle. In the compromise amendment (am 6) it was agreed that such side fitting seats shall be fitted with, at least, a head restraint and a two-point belt with type-approved retractor. This exemption shall have effect for five years from the date of adoption of this directive. It may be extended if reliable accident statistics are available and there has been further development of restraint systems.
Dieter-Leberecht Koch MEP and Paola Costa MEP saw their reports adopted by a large majority.
For more information:
- recommendation (A6-0115/2005 final) for second reading (Dieter-Lebrecht Koch MEP) on the Council common position for adopting a directive relating to motor vehicles with regard to seats, their anchorages and head restraints (COD (2003) 0128);
- recommendation (A6-0120/2005 final) for second reading (Paolo Costa MEP) on the Council common position for adopting a directive on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to safety belts and restraint systems of motor vehicles (COD (2003) 0130);
- recomendation (A6-0117/2005 final) for second reading on the Council common position for adopting a directive on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to anchorages for motor-vehicle safety belts (COD(2003) 0136).
report_final_koch_belts.pdf (124 KB)
report_final_costa_belts.pdf (152 KB)
report_final_costa_anchorages.pdf (187 KB)
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