Seat belts on large buses mulled

WHO PAYS?If seat belts on buses were enforced, passengers would be notified by the bus driver and failure to comply should rest with the passenger, the DGH said

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 05, 2017
By: Shelley Shan / Staff reporter

Ministry of Transportation and Communications officials are scheduled to meet this month to discuss the possibility of making wearing seat belts mandatory on large buses.

The issue resurfaced in public discussions last month after a tour bus accident on the Chiang Wei-shui Freeway (National Freeway No. 5) in February killed 33 people and injured 11.

Prosecutors said in the first phase of the investigation that the accident was caused by excessive speed. The bus was traveling at 84kph in a 50kph zone.

Regulations stipulate that bus drivers and passengers in certain seats are required to wear seat belts, including passengers sitting next to the driver, in the row of seats next to the bus’ back door and the middle seat in the back row.    [FULL  STORY]

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