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Friday, 9 March 2012

How many more school bus crashes before NSW Government acts on seat belts?

Date: Wed, 07 Mar 2012
Greens Media

Responding to news of yet another school bus crash, this time involving
a collision with a car near Taree resulting in a 12 year old boy
receiving minor head injuries, Greens MP and transport spokesperson Cate
Faehrmann has asked how many crashes need to occur before the NSW
Government takes urgent and serious action on seat belts.

"It's been almost a year since the NSW Government's School Bus Safety
Advisory Committee was established. Yet we've known all along what's
required: an urgent mandate on the refitting of school buses on regional
routes, with priority to those on the most dangerous," said Ms

"The government has had access to assessments of the most dangerous
routes for years, it's not good enough that we're still waiting for
recommendations from yet another committee.

"Established in April 2011, the Committee has met only four times,
issued three press releases, and asked for submissions. This rate of
progress does nothing to inspire confidence in parents – they want
seat belts and better rules on speed, standing and other concrete
measures to improve safety for their kids.

"It's unclear whether seat belts were on this particular school bus.
But what is clear is that these accidents do happen. Do we have to wait
for a tragic accident before the government acts?

"The government is using the committee as an excuse to delay action
that is inevitable and already long overdue. It's time to fast track the
installation of seat belts on the most dangerous routes as identified
years ago," said Ms Faehrmann.

Media contact: Peter Stahel 0433 005 727

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