New seat belt-fitted buses arrive on the mid-north coast
Busways is excited to unveil our seat belt-fitted buses that will service schools in our mid-north coast regions from February 2019.
The seat belt-fitted buses are part of Transport for NSW’s planned investment in the installation of seatbelts on buses dedicated to school runs in regional areas.
As part of the plan, it is intended buses in rural and regional areas will progressively be fitted with seat belts.
By law, all bus drivers and passengers must use the seat belts in any vehicle that is fitted with them and each person must use their own.
Drivers will undertake training covering seatbelt regulations and their responsibilities and will verbally remind students to fasten their seat belts.
Buses will start rolling out from February 2019 with more seat belt-fitted buses to join the fleet in the coming months.
Busways’ mid-north coast regions include Heatherbrae, Bulahdelah, Laurieton, Wauchope, Port Macquarie, Kempsey, Macksville, Raleigh, Coffs Harbour, Grafton and Yamba.
Busways has always been an advocate for measures that improve safety on and around buses such as identifying black spots, improving transport educational material, promoting bus priority measures, and greater driver training.
We are continually monitoring and improving vehicle safety features where possible. Recent safety innovation introduced by Busways includes the addition of a modernised evacuation side door on these Volvo model seat belt-fitted buses.