Bus seatbelt fit-out ahead of schedule

June 29, 2017

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 released last week.

Member for Albury Greg Aplin said his electorate would have 139 buses fitted with seatbelts as part of the commitment.

In the Murray electorate, local member Adrian Piccoli said 177 buses would benefit from the commitment.

‘‘This is an important fund that will make sure our kids get to and from school safely,’’ Mr Aplin 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 of 1,937 existing buses, on top of the 515 buses that have already been replaced.

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