$200m to fit seatbelts to school buses

SEATBELTS will be installed in all buses on dedicated school runs within a decade, the NSW Government announced yesterday.

The Government estab- lished the School Bus Safety Community Advisory Board in April 2011 to examine concerns about school bus safety in regional and metropolitan areas across the state.

Yesterday the Government said it would spend more than $200 million to fit seatbelts on almost 1700 buses.

Lismore MP Thomas George said the decision would ease parent concerns about their children's safety.

"This is a significant investment by the NSW Government in the safety of children in regional and rural NSW and a first for this state," Mr George said.

Seatbelts will progressively be installed and standing phased out on almost 1700 dedicated school services, starting this financial year.

More than 60,000 students across regional and rural NSW travel on dedicated school buses, covering more than 50 million kilometres each year, Mr George said.



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