Advice passenger section and driver section

The RDW envisages that screens installed in the passenger section pose risks to the passengers, such as injury in the case of a collision, obstacles to escape routes, and fire. For the passenger section of buses the Ministry has therefore decided that:

  • no temporary easing is allowed for the requirements for installing screens;
  • the current requirements and current approvals are to be held on to.

The RDW envisages that the screens installed in the driver section pose risks to the driver, such as fire, obstruction of the driver’s sight, and (serious) injury in the case of a collision. For the driver section of buses the Ministry has therefore decided that:

  • in the interest of road safety, the current requirements for screens installed in the driver section of buses are to be maintained;
  • the approval obligation for installing screens in the driver section of buses is cancelled temporarily. 

As a result, the sector can proceed to installing the screens quickly. It should be noted that the vehicle owner is still held to comply with the applicable regulations and requirements; 

  • a set of permanent requirements has to be drawn up which need to be complied with in the event of the PTI (Periodic Technical Inspection) with respect to screens in the driver section. On the basis of the advice of the RDW, the Ministry will further specify the regulations concerning screens in buses.

Vehicle safety

The RDW is unable to form an opinion concerning the degree of protection against the coronavirus. In its advice, the RDW has only assessed the vehicle safety of the screens.