News

Bus operates legally

Grafton mothers speak with Grafton Busways Depot manager Chris Webb out the front of the South Grafton depot on Friday morning about the crowded conditions on thier school buses. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner
Grafton mothers speak with Grafton Busways Depot manager Chris Webb out the front of the South Grafton depot on Friday morning about the crowded conditions on thier school buses. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner Debrah Novak

AFTER a week of complaints from parents the Busways Company finally agreed to change some of their routes in order to avoid overcrowding.

However Transport NSW tells us under the statewide carrying capacity laws, the school buses can have as many as 130 kids on board.

Earlier this month a report from the School Bus Safety Community Committee, recommended the State Government start paying for seat belts to be installed in school buses.

However events this week have demonstrated the extent of the problem facing the school transport sector.

As a Busways spokeswoman indicated, to even have the children seated would require fleets to be increased by one third.

"It is important to recognise that the bus is operating within its legal carrying capacity, as defined by the RMS regulations and Transport for NSW guidelines," said the spokeswomen.

Under current laws three children can share two adult seats and kids can stand in the aisle.

However Busways decided on Friday, despite being legally protected, the bus was too crowded.

Consequently they put another bus on the route.

"Busways have implemented a temporary additional afternoon bus to cater for the Dovedale students from Grafton Public School and will continue to monitor this service."



VIDEO: Shark drone footage acts as tourist lure

Stills from a NSW Department of Primary Industries video showcasing shark monitoring drones.

Great White shark, only metres from surfers, features in top video.

United forging path back into the Premier League

ON THE PARK AGAIN: Drone footage captures Grafton United Premier League players in one of their final training runs ahead of Sunday's FFA Cup preliminary clash.

Grafton United kick off return to the top level in FFA Cup action.

Headspace: the next step

Print

What is the next step for the new Headspace in Grafton?

Local Partners

Former Family Matters stare accused of child abuse

DARIUS McCrary, who played Eddie Winslow on the ’90s sitcom Family Matters, has been accused of holding his infant daughter over a pot of boiling water.

Bindi Irwin's birthday tribute to her dad

Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin has paid tribute to her dad on his 55th birthday

Reality TV show gives Maryborough a boost

*WARNING EMBARGOED until 9.15pm Monday January 30* Sean Hollands and Susan Rawlings pictured after their wedding on the TV series Married At First Sight. Supplied by Channel 9.

Maryborough looks good on reality TV show.

Buderim dad rejects gay son's emotional plea for second time

LOVERS: Grant and Chris have been together for more than three years, and Chris' parents refuse to acknowledge their son's fiance.

Son’s emotional plea rejected again by unmoved father

What's on the big screen this week

Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

This week's new releases offer plenty of variety for movie buffs.

Yamba show sounds Crazy

GROOVY POP: Crazy Old Maurice is take to the stage at the Pacific Hotel Sunday afternoon.

Newcastle band to bring the house down in Yamba

Bernard, Kasey, Spooky Men, and more this weekend

Mal Eastick returns with his Blues Bar on Sunday at the Yamba Golf Club.

Touring shows bring mix of genres to Clarence

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Houses selling like hot cakes

HIGH DEMAND: Maclean Valley 2 Coast principal Ingrid Nott.

Valley's housing market pushed by supply shortage and jobs growth

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!