The original article was published in the Daily Mail on 1st August 2016

Family calls for tighter safety rules after son, nine, falls out of 60mph coach and is only saved by a passing surgeon and nurse

The accident

  • Seb Goold was returning from a mini rugby tournament in 2014
  • He was waiting for toilet when coach door opened and he fell out
  • He had his leg amputated after it was crushed but he survived
  • Coach was found to have eight faults but firm escaped prosecution

Bus operators are not required by law to bring old coaches up to the current safety standards that apply to newer coaches but the Goolds fear are now calling for tighter laws to safeguard children.

Seb’s father Nick Goold said:

“Safe means safe and if legislation is passed that means coaches have to have certain safety features this should be applied to all coaches, not just ones manufactured from that date.

There also should be far better visibility over the age of the coach, the level of safety equipment it has and the licence history of the operator otherwise you really have no idea what your child is getting on or how safe it is.”

They have launched a petition to gather 100,000 signatures to get the matter debated in Parliament – and hope readers will back their campaign.

To sign the petition, please click here.

To read the full article in the Daily Mail and further detail on the accident and the faults with the coach – click here.

 


 

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