MP will ask ministers to review unsafe school buses

STUDENTS having to stand on school buses travelling at 100km/h between Calliope and Gladstone is endangering lives, parents say.

Gladstone independent MP Liz Cunningham plans to ask state ministers for education and transport to review policy on the issue when Queensland Parliament sits this week.

"It's inappropriate for students to be standing when the buses are going at 100km/h," she said.

"I know the education and transport departments have a policy of standing three students to a bench seat (but) I don't believe that policy should apply when there is highway travel."

Calliope parent Lynda Ninness is leading the community campaign for better school buses in Calliope.

She said her concern about school bus safety was compounded by the lack of a high school in the growing town.

The closest high school for Calliope youth is Gladstone State High School, so children have to travel to Gladstone daily.

"In the last 12 months the population has grown exponentially. Our school is at capacity in Calliope now," she said.

FACTS

  • No hand rails or safety handles
  • Overcrowded buses
  • Children made to stand
  • 25km trip between Gladstone and Calliope
  • Dawson Highway shared with trucks and heavy industry vehicles


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