Parents hope seatbelts in buses bill will go through

PARENTS whose children travel to school by bus on the Pacific Hwy are hoping a bill before State Parliament this week will make seatbelts mandatory on country coaches.

The NSW Greens also want to see introduced a "no standing" in the aisles policy on buses that travel on unsealed roads or travel at speeds of 80km/h.

Greens MP Cate Faehrmann has called for the changes to be introduced by the third term of next year.

A report into seatbelts on school buses compiled by an advisory committee is before Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian.

The report calls for seat belts to be made mandatory within 10 years, however the Greens want that time limit cut to just five years.

Transport NSW estimates that phasing in seatbelts and a no-standing policy within five years would cost an estimated $55 million.



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