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Monday, 19 November 2012

No more delays on school bus safety – Greens bill ready to go

Greens MP and transport spokesperson Cate Faehrmann has launched her bill to require school buses on regional routes to be fitted with seat belts, and to prevent standing on dangerous routes.

Reblogged from Cate Faehrmann's site

Posted on 19 November 2012 by Cate
The bill legislates the key recommendations of the long awaited report from the government’s own School Bus Safety Advisory Committee, but brings forward the phase in period for seat belts from 10 years to 5 years.

“There have been  delays from successive governments on acting on seat belts for school buses. There is no excuse for any further delays,” said Ms Faehrmann.

“The Committee has now reported with modest and affordable recommendations. We now need to push ahead to ensure the safety of our school children travelling on some of the state’s most dangerous routes.

“The government needs to fund the necessary changes to facilitate the phase in period, so that students and bus companies are not left in the lurch. Some Commonwealth funding is already available.

“The Greens bill puts into action what should have been done a long time ago. The government said back in April 2011 that it would give priority to school bus safety. If that is the case they will support the Greens bill.

“I have written to the government with details of the bill seeking their support. Its measures are not controversial and they are in line with the Committee’s work. There is no reason this can’t be passed with the help of the government before the end of the year.

“The Greens are open to negotiation on the finer points because we want action on this issue quickly. Parents won’t accept further delays so neither should the Parliament,” said Ms Faehrmann.


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