New safety measures for overcrowded school buses

PARENTS with children travelling on overcrowded buses from Calliope to Gladstone are feeling some relief after a series of new safety measures were introduced.

More buses have been added to the school run, the number of people standing has been reduced from 28 to 10, and bus drivers have been ordered not to exceed 80kmh.

Calliope mum Lynda Ninness said the changes were a step in the right direction but she would continue to lobby the State Government to introduce mandatory seatbelts on rural school runs.

She said the problem was only getting worse because the area was growing with more children enrolled at the primary school than ever before.

"We've just hit 600 enrolments," Ms Ninness said.

"Even though we lost our year sevens, we've grown by 40 enrolments this year.

Seatbelts are currently mandatory on 85 routes in Queensland designated by the Department of Transport and Main Roads as "steep" or "very steep".

But a spokesperson for the Department of Transport and Main Roads said it had no intention of changing the legislation to include all runs.



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