§ Mr. Moate
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of coaches in the United Kingdom are now fitted with speed limiters; if he will make a statement about the benefits which have been secured for road users; and what is his policy with regard to speed limiters being fitted to heavy goods vehicles.
§ Mr. Atkins
One hundred per cent. of those first used in Great Britain after April 1984. By next April, all coaches first used since April 1974 will also have to be fitted with limiters, and I am glad that the Bus and Coach Council is urging its members to act ahead of this deadline. It benefits all road users' safety if maximum speed limits are observed. We are currently looking into the merits of the European Commission proposal that speed limiters should also be required on heavy goods vehicles.