Reblogged from Cate Faehrmann's website
Posted on 11 September 2012 by Cate Faehrmann
After yesterday’s tragic school bus accident near Singleton in which an eight year old boy died and several other students were injured, Greens MP and transport spokesperson Cate Faehrmann will begin talks with NSW Government to allow the passage of the Greens Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Amendment (Child Safety on School Buses) Bill 2012. The bill will require school buses to be fitted with seatbelts.“This is a terrible tragedy and our first thoughts are with the young boy’s family, friends and classmates,” said Ms Faehrmann.
“The media has reported this morning that the boy was thrown through a window upon impact. This is a shocking thing to hear and highlights the urgent need for seat belts to be mandatory on school buses.
“Parents, particularly those living in regional areas, have been concerned about the safety of their kids travelling on school buses for years now. There have been repeated calls by parents for the government to make seat belts mandatory.
A NSW Government Advisory Committee has been considering the issue of school bus safety for almost eighteen months, but no recommendations have been made to government and no action has been taken.
“I understand the report from the Advisory Committee is in its final stages. I urge the government to fast track the release of this report.
“In April this year I gave the Parliament notice that I would bring in a bill to make seat belts compulsory on school buses, starting with those in non-urban areas travelling along the most dangerous route.
“I now intend to introduce this bill urgently and will be calling on all parties, including the government, to support this long overdue and essential step to making school buses as safe as possible.
“The NSW Government has had a number of reminders of the seriousness of this issue, with a number of recent non-fatal crashes.
“All states except NSW and Victoria have made seatbelts on school buses mandatory – usually after a serious bus accident. It will be inexcusable if the NSW Government still refuses to act,” said Ms Faehrmann.
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