Operators urged to seek seatbelt subsidy

Regional school bus operators have until February next year to seek federal funding for seatbelts

December 10, 2012

School bus operators in regional areas have until February next year to
federal funding
for seatbelts, as part of a government subsidy scheme.

Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport Catherine King today urged eligible school bus operators to take advantage of
the next round of the Australian Government's Seatbelts on Regional School Buses program.

King says the program assists bus operators voluntarily upgrade safety
on buses by offering up to $25,000 per bus to subsidise the cost of installing seatbelts.

"Bus operators who have a contract with a state or territory government to provide services on a recognised regional school bus route can apply for funding to fit seatbelts to new buses or to retrofit existing buses," King says.

According to King, since the program’s inception five years ago 306 school buses have been fitted with seatbelts across regional Australia.

Applications to the Seatbelts on Regional School Buses program close on February 4, 2013.

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