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Belt up on bus safety

A COLLISION between a school bus and a semi-trailer north of Casino has led to a call for the NSW Government's School Bus Safety Community Advisory Committee to act.

Greens MP and transport spokesperson Cate Faehrmann said the upgrade of school buses on regional routes appears stalled, with the committee yet to report and no action on seat belts or rules on standing in sight.

"Considering the government has had access to assessments of the most dangerous routes for years, it's not good enough that we still haven't seen any concrete action," Ms Faehrmann said.

"Established in April, the committee has met twice, issued three press releases, and only begun accepting submissions in September.

"This rate of progress simply isn't good enough."

Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser says it is important that the issue of school bus safety be addressed sooner rather than later.

"I am disappointed at the length of time the process is taking," Mr Fraser said.

"It is, in my opinion, long-winded."

However, Mr Fraser said the previous government had previously held two inquires, the results of which had never been made available to the public.



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