NRMA gets on school bus issue

THE ongoing campaign for seatbelts on school buses has attracted the support of the NRMA.

The Belt Up for Safety (BUS) Action Group welcomes the release of the NRMA’s Roadmap for the next NSW Government which states:

“[The] NRMA wants the NSW Government to commit to ensuring the fitting of seatbelts complying with Australian Design Rule (ADR) 68 in all buses used at any time to transport school children.”

Janice Shalhoub from the BUS Action Group is calling for a commitment leading up to the NSW election.

“With less than two weeks until the NSW election, we call on Labor and the Coalition to make a firm commitment consistent with the NRMA’s timetable,” she said.

“The NRMA recognise the safety benefits of ADR 68 legislation, which has provided coach passengers with seatbelts and other safety measures since 1995, with not one death of a seat-belted coach passenger in the past 15 years.

“Students deserve an equal chance of survival on buses, which can be achieved when the government recognises the safety benefits of phasing in seatbelts for buses – especially school buses travelling on high-speed roads.

“We can’t continue to rely on luck to safely transport children to and from school in buses.”

Opposition leader Barry O’Farrell issued a statement saying if elected a Liberal/National Coalition would establish a community advisory committee to work on implementation of safety improvements.

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