State Government receives report into school bus safety in Rural and Regional NSW

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The NSW Government has today received the School Bus Safety Community Committee’s report into school bus safety in rural and regional NSW,…

The NSW Government has today received the School Bus Safety Community Committee’s report into school bus safety in rural and regional NSW, Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay said.

The independent committee was established in April 2011 by the NSW Government to examine school bus safety in rural and regional NSW.

Ms Berejiklian recognised the hard work of the committee in producing the report.

“We thank the committee’s chairperson Carolyn Walsh, an independent expert in transport safety and regulation,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“We also thank the Committee members who comprise road safety experts, transport operators, parents and school representatives for their work in addressing what is an extremely important issue.”

The Committee was established to inquire into and report on issues relating to the safe transportation of children in rural and regional NSW.

The inquiry’s terms of reference required the committee to:

  • assess the status of school bus safety in rural and regional NSW;
  • consider the full range of school bus safety measures, with reference to national and international experience; and
  • recommend the most effective ways to make school bus travel as safe as possible.

More than 60,000 students across regional and rural NSW travel on a fleet of 1485 dedicated school buses each day. Those buses travel more than 250,000 kilometres each day, or more than 50 million kilometres each year.

Mr Gay said: “The NSW Government will now consider the findings and recommendations of the report.”

The Ministers also thanked Parliamentary Secretary John Ajaka for his work in assisting the committee.

The full report is now on the Transport for NSW website