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New seat belt-fitted buses arrive on the mid-north coast.

12 Jun 2018

Busways is excited to unveil its new seat belt-fitted buses that will service schools in the Port Macquarie and Heatherbrae regions on the mid-north coast from July 2018.

The seat belt-fitted buses are part of Transport for NSW’s planned $200 million investment in the installation of seatbelts on buses dedicated to school runs in regional areas.

As part of the plan, it is intended buses in these areas will gradually be fitted with seatbelts by the end of 2021.

By law, all bus drivers and passengers must use the seat belts in any vehicle that is fitted with them and each person must use their own.

Busways has committed itself to ensuring the appropriate training of all Busways drivers is complete before they operate a seat belt-fitted bus. Drivers have been trained to inform the students of the safety of using a seat belt and encourage them to use it.

Two buses will begin servicing schools in the Heatherbrae area and three will be transporting students to and from school in Port Macquarie by the end of July 2018. More seat belt-fitted buses will join the fleet in the coming months.

Busways has always been an advocate for measures that improve safety on and around buses and is continually monitoring and improving vehicle safety features where possible.

Other actions that could be undertaken with road safety resources that would provide a greater effect in protecting children from road-related accidents include identifying black spots, improved infrastructure for bus transport, improving transport educational material, promoting bus priority measures, and greater driver training. In saying this, travelling by bus is still the safest mode of land-based transport.

Recent safety innovation introduced by Busways includes the addition of a modernised evacuation side door on these Volvo B7 model seat belt-fitted buses.

The bus model is also fitted with an engine retarder that works to slow the vehicle down as the accelerator pedal is released.  The control mechanism is an exciting addition to the newer buses.