Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Seatbelt Row Flares after Buses Collide; Angry Parents Call For

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Seatbelt Row Flares after Buses Collide; Angry Parents Call For

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Byline: Louise O'Keeffe louise.okeeffe @thechronicle.com.au

LAST Monday's two-bus crash on Miles and Phyllis streets has reignited debate over making seatbelts compulsory in buses.

Concerned parents and residents have contacted The Chronicle on the issue.

One parent was concerned about children travelling on rural school buses at 100kmh without seatbelts.

Another issue was the overcrowding of students who are forced to stand in aisles while travelling.

At Harristown's Bus Interchange last Friday, The Chronicle recorded around 15 school buses dropping and picking up students from 7.55am to 8.10am.

Most of the buses were quite full, but no students were seen standing in the aisles.

Buses unloading at the Mt Lofty campus of Toowoomba State High School were also crowded.

Traffic was quite heavy at this time with parents also dropping students at both locations making considerable traffic congestion.

Concerned resident Robert Barron said he could not understand why cars were fitted with seatbelts and governed by the police while school buses full of students were not. …

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