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Feb 16, 2017

Hungarian government proposing change to transport regulations in wake of bus crash tragedy

During Wednesday's Cabinet meeting it was decided that before finalizing changes to regulations, the government would consult as many people on the subject as possible by using an 'online consultation'

The Hungarian government is proposing a change to transport regulations in wake of the bus crash tragedy in Italy.

Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács said an online consultation on regulatory issues will be launched in the aftermath of the crash which killed 16 Hungarians last month

Eleven students and five adults died and several others were injured in the bus accident that occurred January 20 just before midnight.

The bus carrying students and teachers of a Budapest secondary school as well as family members hit the pillar of an overpass on the Venice-Verona motorway and caught fire. The group was returning home from a ski trip.

Kovács said that the cabinet had assessed information and reviewed ongoing consultations in connection with planned changes to transport regulations in the wake of the accident.

MTI reports that it was decided that before finalizing changes to regulations, the government would consult as many people on the subject as possible, Kovács said.

In the online consultation planned to be running for a month, the public’s opinion will be asked about the possibility of prohibiting the circulation of buses carrying students between 11pm and 4am, Kovács said. They will also be asked about regulations on the health requirements for bus drivers with particular focus on sleeping disorders, as well as about technical standard requirements for buses.