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The Earl of Haddington asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Hayman: We do not at the moment have any plans to delay the implementation date of the single vehicle approval specifications, but a final decision on how best to proceed can only be made after the responses to the current consultation exercise have been considered.

The Earl of Haddington asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Hayman: No. The new single vehicle approval test for amateur-built cars will establish whether or not it is safe for a vehicle to enter service on public roads. Because each vehicle will be tested individually, it will not be necessary for kit-car manufacturers to notify any changes in the design of their vehicles.

London Taxis: Passenger Seat Belts

Baroness Jeger asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Hayman: Taxis are regarded as cars for the purposes of the seat belt regulations. As in cars, rear seat belts are only required in all taxis first used on or after 1 April 1987 and we do not require rear seat belts to be fitted in vehicles which are older than this.

Many older vehicles were not equipped with seat belt anchorage points when they were manufactured; in these it may be technically difficult to fit seat belts properly. Even where anchorages were installed at the time of manufacture, it would be unreasonable to insist on belts being retro-fitted now as such vehicles have an extremely limited life remaining.

By 1 Janaury 2000, all taxis in London will have to be wheelchair accessible. Wheelchair accessible taxis were introduced in 1989 so, apart from a small number of pre-1989 cabs which are being converted for wheelchair access, by January 2000 virtually all taxis in London will have rear seat belts.



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