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Following another school bus crash involving a semi-trailer on the north coast this week, a Greens MP has urged the government to make installing seatbelts on the buses an urgent priority.

‘This accident highlights just how easily accidents can happen. Luckily it hasn’t resulted in serious injuries, but do we need to wait for a tragic accident before the government acts?’ asked Greens transport spokesperson Cate Faehrmann.

‘Considering the government has had access to assessments of the most dangerous routes for years, it’s not good enough that we still haven’t seen any concrete action,’ said Ms Faehrmann.

‘They should be fast tracking the installation of seat belts on the most dangerous routes as identified by the department years ago,’ said Ms Faehrmann.

‘An advisory committee is not the kind of thing that inspires confidence in parents – they want seatbelts and better rules on speed, standing and other concrete measures to improve safety for their kids.

‘Established in April, the committee has met twice, issued three press releases, and only begun accepting submissions in September.’


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