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.
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
"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
"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.
A briefing on the bill is available here: