Attack on composite buses
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• Claims that buses made with composite bodies were crushed flat to seat level if involved in accidents, were mentioned in the Commons last week. The MP who raised the topic, Mr John Cronin (Labour, Loughborough) urged the Environment Minister to investigate, and said that if the buses were so dangerous they should not attract substantial subsidy from the Government.
He urged the Minister to prevent bus companies from using buses made with composite bodies, and noted that they did not comply with the safety regulations of the Common Market countries with regard to vehicle construction.
However. Mr Peter Walker refused his request — though he promised to examine any evidence Mr Cronin liked to send him. He understood that design structure was the crucial factor.