Independent Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has revealed that hundreds of students in his electorate are traveling to and from school without a seatbelt on a school bus every day.
In response to a Question on Notice from Mr Ward, the Minister for Regional Transport revealed that 10 school buses in the Kiama Electorate operate without seatbelts.
“Every student should have a seat and a seatbelt. This is the year 2023 and this situation is just not good enough,” Mr Ward said.
“I find it unbelievable that even with $237 million invested by the previous Coalition State Government that there are still 10 local school buses not fitted with seat belts.
“Transport for NSW simply telling children to just ‘catch the train’ shows how completely out of touch this new Labor Government is.
“I encourage parents and our local school community to sign my petition urging the NSW Government to act now and expand the NSW Rural and Regional Bus Seatbelt Program to ensure every child traveling to school on a bus has a seat and a seatbelt.
“School buses in our region frequently have to travel on roads outside urban areas with a speed limit of 80 km/h and above we can’t have kids not protected when traveling to school on roads with high-speed limits,” Mr Ward concluded.