Mayors support belt up campaign
THE latest group to get on board the Belt Up for Safety campaign is the Country Mayors Association of NSW.
Chairman of the association, Cr Adam Marshall, said the issue was discussed extensively and unanimously supported at a meeting in Sydney last week.
“All members are appalled that school children are required to travel busy highways at high speed and/or on rural roads, without appropriate seatbelts in place,” Cr Marshall said.
“Children’s safety is being put at risk by not having seatbelts on school buses.”
The mayors have called on the incoming NSW Minister for Transport to make mandatory the installation of seat belts in school buses, ban the practice of children having to stand while travelling on school buses at speed and ban the practice of requiring two adult bus seats to be occupied by three school children.
President of the Belt Up for Safety (BUS) Action Group, Glenda Staniford, welcomed the group’s call for seatbelts on school buses.
“These safety recommendations by country mayors are what BUS Action Group members have been requesting for 10 years,” Ms Staniford said.
“Last week the NRMA released the timetable they consider appropriate for fitting seatbelts on buses travelling on routes with speed limits of 80 km/h or greater.
“We are very pleased to see this neglected bus safety issue taken up by more organisations and we look forward to seeing seatbelts fitted before the next bus crash.”