New SA school buses announced

The South Australian Government is revitalising its school bus fleet with 16 new vehicles for regional schools

September 24, 2012

The South Australian Government has announced it will refurbish its school bus fleet with 16 new vehicles for regional schools.

In a statement on Friday, Education and Child Development (DECD) Minister Grace Portolesi says the first five of the new buses have been delivered to schools in Port Pirie, Ceduna, Tumby Bay and Wudinna in recent weeks.

"The remaining 11 buses will be delivered for service as commissioning and acceptance tests are completed over the next month," she says.

All school buses in the DECD fleet are expected to have seat belts, air-conditioning and other safety requirements fitted by 2016.

According to Portolesi, forty seven buses in total this year have been ordered and delivered with another order yet to be placed.

In 2010 $23.8 million
was allocated to buy 97 new buses over
four years for DECD operation.

The SA Government provides more than 490 school bus services for more than 16,000 students to and from school each day.

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