We need seat belts on school buses

School has recommenced throughout Queensland, with most school students travelling to and from school on a school bus.

Most of these students travel to school in a bus that is not fitted with seat belts and some are forced to stand.

These students will be confronted by the behaviour issues of fellow students on the bus at some time during the year.

Why have successive governments failed to resolve these 3 important issues in 30 years?

Parents, students, teachers and bus drivers have listened for over 30 years to the excuses of governments, regardless of who is in power, for their failure to legislate to address these 3 problems with the school bus system;

1 to put seat belts in all school buses,
2 to eliminate standing students on school buses
3 to address student behaviour issues on school buses.

For 30 years, politicians at all levels of government, the bureaucrats in DTMR, TransLink and Education Queensland all preferring to point blame to everyone else for the issues.

30 years of failure by successive governments to address School Bus Safety in joint consultation with, the bus industry, the TWU and RTBU, schools, P&C;'s, parents and students.

Something, must be done about these issue, that we hear about daily, and I suggest we do this;

1 Every time your child boards a school bus without seat belts and or is forced to stand, contact TransLink and tell them it's not good enough and you want the issue resolved.
2 Then tell your local politicians, at state and federal level, it's unacceptable that they or their predecessors have not resolved the issues in 30 plus years, and you want the issue resolved.
3 Then contact the local media and tell them it's time they started to highlight these issues to the public so that the issues are resolved.

But please don't blame The Bus Driver, we, are only doing our job.



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