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Tuesday, 15 February 2011 - Strasbourg OJ edition

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Text tabled : A7-0020/2011

  Maria do Céu Patrão Neves (PPE), in writing. (PT) I voted in favour of this report on the rights of bus and coach passengers. I welcome the fact that the final text constitutes a satisfactory and balanced compromise, since it succeeds in guaranteeing the rights of passengers without simultaneously imposing a heavy burden on carriers, many of which are small and medium-sized enterprises. The Commission’s proposal to implement EU-wide passenger protection rights comparable to those applicable to other modes of transport, as well as ensuring a level playing field for competition between transport companies in different Member States and between different modes of transport, is a measure that can benefit everyone. The negotiations were long and ended in a conciliation process, the main impasses within which were national enforcement bodies and the scope of the regulation. In the end, the regulation is to apply to all regular national or cross-border services, provided that the scheduled distance travelled is equal to or greater than 250 km (‘long distance’). The regulation also provides for compensation and assistance in the event of an accident, passengers’ rights in the event of cancellation or delay, and the rights of people with disabilities and/or reduced mobility.

 
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