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Tasmanian Opposition election promise includes improved bus services

Tasmania’s Labor Party says its transport plan across the state will deliver more reliable bus services

The Tasmanian Labor Party has announced that it will improve and restore bus services across the state if elected as the new government at this weekend’s state election. 

Tasmania shadow transport minister Josh Willie says the Labor government would introduce a five-point plan to rebuild Metro Tasmania’s bus services. 

“We will offer improved pay and conditions for bus drivers and mechanics through enterprise bargaining negotiations,” Willie says. 

“This will be a vital step in improving staff retention and being able to restore services, before creating extra services in areas of high need.” 

Willie says Labor will also limit school bus capacity, mandate seatbelts on all new school buses and reduce the maximum age of school buses. An additional $1.2 million could also be invested by the Labor party to improve bus safety. 

Willie says Labor will also provide 10,000 free Metro Greencards for new bus and ferry users, with Labor also planning on expanding ferry services to four new locations and improving the Better Active Transport Grants Program. 

“It’s time for a better future, and a Labor government will deliver the transport options to get Tasmanians where they need to go as quickly and as safely as possible,” Willie says. 

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