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Strap in for a sealtbelt bonanza

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.

Member for Bega Andrew Constance said 171 buses across our region would now have seatbelts because of this commitment.

Mr Constance said the plan to fast track the installation of seatbelts will ensure the safety of regional public transport.

“We have a large section of unsealed roads in the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla Shires and the majority of our services have our kids travelling in 100km/h zones.

“This is something our communities have been crying out for and I’m committed to making sure kids across our region can travel to school safely.

“Parents need to feel assured their children are safe when they send them off on the bus of a morning, I am confident this fantastic announcement will instil that confidence.

“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. Media Release

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