THE latest group to get on board the Belt Up for Safety campaign is the Country Mayors Association of NSW.
Chairman of the association, Councillor Adam Marshall, said the issue was discussed and unanimously supported at last week’s meeting in Sydney.
“All members are appalled that school children are required to travel busy highways at high speed and/or on rural roads, without appropriate seat belts in place,” Cr Marshall said.
“Children’s safety is being put at risk by not having seat belts on school buses.”
The mayors have called on the incoming NSW Minister for Transport to make the installation of seat belts in school buses mandatory, ban the practice of children standing 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 Action Group, Glenda Staniford, welcomed the group’s call for seat belts 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 it considers appropriate for fitting seat belts on buses travelling on routes with speed limits of 80kmh 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.”