§ VISCOUNT FURNESS
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they consider to be desirable,
and, if so, whether they will make regulations accordingly.
- (a) the use of seat belts by taxi-drivers and drivers of chauffeur-driven hire cars, and
- (b) the provision of seat belts in the rear passenger seats of taxis and chauffeur-driven hire cars,
§ THE PARLIAMENTARY UNDERSECRETARY OF STATE, DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT (LORD SANDFORD)
It is very desirable, for reasons of safety, that taxi-drivers (and, indeed, all occupants of cars) should wear seat belts. The law already requires belts to be fitted in the front seats of taxis and hire cars and Her Majesty's Government are considering whether regulations requiring belt anchorage points to be provided in the rear seats of new vehicles would be justified. Anchorage points are a necessary prerequisite to the fitting of belts.