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Strap in for Seatbelt Bonanza – All Monaro school buses to be equipped with seatbelts by December 2019
All regional school buses will have seatbelts four years ahead of schedule, thanks to a $29 million school bus seatbelt blitz in the NSW budget.
The Member for Monaro John Barilaro said all 152 buses in Monaro will now have seatbelts because of this commitment.
“This is an important fund that will make sure our kids get to and from school safely,” Mr. Barilaro said.
“This is something our communities have been crying out for and I’m committed to making sure kids across the state can travel to school safely.”
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the installation of seatbelts on the rural and regional bus fleet would be fast tracked to ensure the safety of regional public transport.
“We are fast tracking seatbelts on regional school buses, making sure all regional students can travel on buses with seatbelts by December 2019 – four years ahead of schedule,” Mr Constance said.
Funding in the 2017-18 NSW budget means all buses travelling on dedicated regional school routes will have seatbelts by December 2019, ahead of the current schedule of 2023.
All 2,800 rural and regional buses will have seatbelts by December 2021 with the replacement of 415 buses and retrofitting 1,937 existing buses, on top of the 515 buses that have already been replaced.