Parents call for crash regulation

Parents that lost children in the crash on the M40 in 1993 are now calling for measures to ensure that voluntary operated buses are regulated properly and for drivers to be licensed by the DVLA.

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Minibus operator calls for tighter private vehicle regulations

A minibus company operator from Nottinghamshire is calling for tighter regulations on who can get behind the wheel of private vehicles.

It comes on the 20th anniversary of a crash on the M40 in which twelve children and their teacher died. Seatbelt laws were subsequently changed, but it is claimed children remain at risk.

Commercial vehicle operators, like Martin Allen from Mansfield, must pass a test to get a special licence. Such a test is not required for anyone to drive a private minibus carrying up to 16 people.

Parents say young people are 'driven in a roulette game'

The parents of children who died in a minibus crash twenty years ago today fear it could just as easily happen now because the law is too lax.

Twelve children and their teacher from Hagley in Worcestershire, died on the M40 near Warwick when their vehicle hit a maintenance truck.

Liz and Steve Fitzgerald lost their daughter Claire and want a special test for minibus drivers, the said.

Speaking to ITV News Central they said: "We have been 20 years wondering why the lessons that should have been learned from the accident don't appear to have been learned. Why young people today are being driven in a roulette game."


DfT: Crash highlighted 'need for more stringent safety'

A statement from the Department for Transport has said that the 1993 minibus crash which killed twelve children saw a change in the law over wearing seatbelts. A spokesperson said:

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those who died of the 1993 minibus crash, in which 12 children and their teacher lost their lives.

The crash highlighted the need for more stringent safety measures on school transport vehicles. The law was subsequently changed in 1997, making it a requirement for seatbelts to be fitted in all minibuses and coaches carrying three or more children on an organised trip. Since 2001, all new buses, including minibuses and coaches, are required to have seatbelts fitted, apart from buses designed to carry standing passengers.

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