26 September 2023

Country kids buckle up for seatbelt journeys

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Students in regional communities can now buckle up on buses with seatbelts installed in every dedicated school bus in rural and regional NSW.

Welcoming the completion of the seatbelt rollout, Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Sam Farraway said Transport for NSW had completed the NSW Rural and Regional Bus Seatbelt Program two years ahead of schedule.

“More than 200,000 students will be able to wear a seatbelt on school buses delivering a welcome boost in bus safety for school children right across regional NSW,” Mr Farraway said.

“Regional school buses frequently have to travel on unsealed roads and on roads outside urban areas with a speed limit of 80 km/h and above and now thanks to more than these seat-belted buses in service, we know our children with be safer,” he said.

Minister for Regional NSW, Paul Toole said the $237 million program gave regional students, their families and communities the reassurance that travelling to and from school was now safer than ever.

“Country kids have to travel longer distances than those in the city, and we want to make those journeys as safe as possible,” Mr Toole said.

He said more than 2,500 regional and rural school buses had been fitted with seatbelts.

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