The Liberal-National Government has fallen behind on its promise to deliver seat belts to 1,700 school buses.
Despite committing to the roll-out way back in 2013, only 320 regional school buses have seatbelts.
Parents are concerned about the safety of children who are sometimes forced to stand, or sit three to a seat, while travelling each way to school.
Some school buses travel in 110 kilometre per hour speed zones on highways and motorways in regional NSW.
School children who travel in regional areas without seatbelts are being put at risk of serious injury and even death.
In 2013 the NSW Government committed to providing $208 million to roll-out seat belts on 1,700 school buses across regional NSW following a fatal school bus accident in Singleton.
Data obtained under freedom of information has revealed, only 320 buses had been fitted across NSW (see table).
Three years into the 10 year program and almost 1,380 buses still do not have seatbelts despite it being a key recommendation from The School Bus Safety Community Advisory Committee’s October 2012 report.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Transport Jodi McKay
“The roll-out of seat belts is moving at a snail’s pace and the community shouldn’t have to wait until 2023 to protect school students.
“The Baird Government is dragging its feet on this roll-out.”
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for the Hunter Kate Washington
“The lives of young school children are being put at risk travelling at high speeds with no seat belts, sometimes standing or sitting three to a seat.
“Everyday parents are faced with the fear that another tragic accident could happen if a school bus has to stop suddenly.”