If this is correct, then it is analogous to the situation prevailing in air transport. We are informed that the Civil Aviation Authority is now prohibited by EU regulation - in the case of aviation, Regulation 3922/91 - from introducing safety improvements unilaterally to British-registered
Such improvements evidently have to be agreed by our European partners, a process that, not surprisingly, can be very protracted. So, some nine years after the tragic accident to a British Airways aircraft at Manchester in 1985, one of the most significant recommendations to come out of that accident remains 'on the shelf', despite the fact that the CAA itself would like to see it
How did we ever allow ourselves to get into this situation? We are not opposed to European codes of practice, but we would expect these to represent minimum standards that should not prevent individual countries adopting higher standards if they so wish.
Air Safety Group
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