Foster: new safety rules extend British standards to the rest of Europe

26-Feb-2014 @ 13:0

Jacqueline Foster Jacqueline Foster

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

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New rules have been agreed on the reporting of all aviation related incidents which will enhance safety across the EU, extending the model of Britain’s safety regime, a leading MEP predicted today (Wednesday).

Jacqueline Foster, Conservative Transport Spokesman in the European Parliament, said: “The aim of this proposal is to improve aviation safety by requiring organisations (airlines, manufacturers, maintenance companies and airports etc) and member states to establish reporting systems which capture information on occurrences which may endanger, if not corrected, the safety of an aircraft. The enhanced reporting system will bring greater openness to potential risks and thus an overall improvement in safety standards.”

"In 2003 as the rapporteur (lead MEP), I was responsible for introducing ‘mandatory reporting’ across Europe based on the UK MORS system. But regrettably some Member States had not put in place the correct procedures. In addition, we also have 13 new countries which need to comply.”

Mrs Foster, who worked in the aviation and aerospace industries for more than 25 years added: "A uniform approach to identifying and sharing information regarding potential hazards will bring greater openness and with it enhanced safety.”

“I am delighted that the Parliament has supported the revision of this Regulation, 10 years down the line, and I believe it will offer passengers as well as industry staff even greater reassurances.”

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