Stoner calls for bus review release

Andrew Stoner MP meeting with concerned parents Jan Gill (left) and Christabel Wright (right).
Andrew Stoner MP meeting with concerned parents Jan Gill (left) and Christabel Wright (right). Supplied

VALLA parents, concerned about the apparent stalemate on the issue of seatbelts on school buses, have taken their worries to NSW Shadow Roads Minister and Oxley MP Andrew Stoner.

Bus companies say action depends on the release of the State government’s safety review into school bus routes, which after months of heralding still remains unpublished.

“The Kenneally government must release this review,” Mr Stoner said.

“It is important to ascertain the additional costs required if all NSW school buses were to be fitted with seat belts and additional safety requirements put in place.

“Local parents are particularly concerned about the safety of their children travelling on buses where the routes have speed limits in excess of 80 km/h.

“The Pacific Highway and many country roads fall into this category.”

He said the Coalition was keen to see the review’s findings so the recommendations could be fully-costed and an appropriate response prepared.

“There are a whole range of recommendations that could be made affecting the $700-million free school bus program and we want to ensure any additional investment we make in the program will improve the safety for children travelling on school buses.”

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