HC Deb 31 March 1969 vol 781 c28W
85. Mr. Chapman

asked the Minister of Transport what tests he arranged before giving safety approval to the type of centre-exit omnibuses which are being brought into use by Birmingham Corporation; and whether, in view of the fatal and other accidents connected with this type of exit and of public concern and the recommendations of the inquest jury, he will arrange new tests of the danger potential and the manner in which it can be reduced.

Mr. Marsh

The type of vehicle in question was inspected before being brought into use, and approved by the area mechanical engineer and the traffic commissioners as satisfying the statutory safety requirements for public service vehicles including those relating to one-man operation. Present evidence suggests that the doors present no risk to the public provided they are correctly operated and used, but the matter will be kept under review.