School safety

School bus safety is an important issue for QLD operators and state officials, according to the latest report

School safety
School safety

By Amie Hickland | November 14, 2013

Bus safety is an important priority for the state of Queensland according to its latest annual report.

The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads 2012-13 Annual Report states it provided $19.5 million to school bus operators through the School Bus Upgrade Scheme.

"The scheme provides capital funding to assist contracted school bus operators to replace their fleet with buses that meet the latest safety standards," it reads.

"This ensures that safety for students travelling to and from school on contracted services is maximised."

They have also extended qconnect bus services and provided a forum to increase safety on buses.

Director General Neil Scales says innovation is vital, in the report.

"Innovation is also about making those small improvements to the way we do business which ultimately make a big difference."

A Queensland Bus Industry Council spokesperson says they see bus safety as a priority.

"QBIC and its members are dedicated to providing the safest possible bussing solutions to the community and we work closely, with all stakeholders to achieve this end," he says.

"As an association we will always be asking for more investment in Public Transport and its associated infrastructure requirements.

"However, we are also mindful that there are not limitless funds available, and this is why we work very closely with the Department of Transport and Main Roads to provide the most sustainable service we can within the funding constraints as a result of the economic environment."

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