Brussels, 1 March 2013
Passenger rights: better protection for bus and coach travellers in the EU
Today, Regulation (EU) No 181/2011 on bus and coach passenger rights becomes applicable, providing bus and coach travellers throughout the EU with new rights. The regulation lays down travellers' basic rights, and imposes a number of obligations on bus and coach companies and terminal managers concerning their responsibility towards the passengers. Every year around 70 million passengers travel by buses and coaches in the EU.
European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, said: "We have kept our promise: thanks to this regulation EU passenger rights are also extended to bus and coach transport. The EU is now the first area in the world with a full set of passenger rights for all modes of transport."
The bus and coach regulation lays down passenger rights similar to those for air, train and boat transport. These new rights include:
Before the European Commission decided to present its proposal on bus and coach passenger rights five years ago, there was neither an international agreement applicable in most Member States nor any EU legislation establishing general rights for this mode of transport.
The adoption of the bus and coach passenger rights regulation in 2011 marked the completion of the legal framework for users of all transport modes at EU level. Today the EU is the first integrated area of passenger rights in the world: passengers are protected when they travel across the EU no matter whether they travel by air, by rail, by boat or by bus or coach.
The European Commission will hold the first meeting with national authorities during the autumn of 2013 in order to coordinate the effective application of bus and coach passenger rights legislation.
For more information
Regulation (EU) No 181/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 2011 concerning the rights of passengers in bus and coach transport and amending Regulation (EC) No 2006/2004:
Visit the Commission's Your passenger rights at hand website.
Download the smart phone application for passenger rights, available on all platforms (waterborne and bus and coaches rights to be updated soon).