Valla parents Jan Gill, centre, and Christabel Wright talk to shadow Roads Minister Andrew Stoner.
Valla parents Jan Gill, centre, and Christabel Wright talk to shadow Roads Minister Andrew Stoner.

Seatbelt stalemate goes on

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release of the State Government’s safety review into school bus routes, which after months of heralding still remains unpublished.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 Keneally 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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