SLOW PROGRESS: Oxley MP Andrew Stoner talks to parents about seatbelts on school buses.
SLOW PROGRESS: Oxley MP Andrew Stoner talks to parents about seatbelts on school buses. Ute Schulenberg

School bus seatbelts will happen

SEATBELTS on school buses will be achieved but it will take baby steps to get there.

That was the opinion of the Member of Oxley and Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner when he met with concerned parents at Valla Beach.

“There is no magic wand to make this happen so we have to find ways to fund (seatbelts) on buses travelling on essential routes,” Mr Stoner said.

“It is certainly a good thing to do but the question is how we do it.”

Parent Jan Gill also asked Mr Stoner to push for an immediate ban on old buses, designed for urban conditions with low seat backs, being sent to rural areas and then used on high speed routes. Mr Stoner said he was unaware of this practice but he would look into it.

Coffs Harbour doctor and representative on the newly formed School Bus Community Advisory Committee, Dr Alan Tankel, said studies showed safety was only marginally improved with seatbelts however the role of the committee was to closely examine where those studies were done and if they replicated rural NSW situations.



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