MACDONALD WELCOMES LEGISLATION TO ENSURE SEATBELTS FITTED IN SCHOOLS BUSES
Saturday, 22 March 2014 17:41
Transport Minister Keith Brown today announced that the Scottish Government intends to introduce legislation to ensure that seatbelts are provided on all dedicated school transport.
The Scottish Government has been given approval ‘in principle’ from the UK Government to transfer the necessary powers to the Scottish Parliament in relation to school bus safety.
Once powers have been transferred, Scottish Ministers will seek to legislate to ensure that seatbelts are introduced by way of a phased roll out, giving local authorities and bus operators across Scotland time to adapt to the change.
Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald has been looking into this issue as part of his work on the Public Petitions Committee.
Commenting on the Scottish Government announcement, Mr MacDonald said:
“I am pleased to announce the Scottish Government’s intention to legislate to ensure that seatbelts are provided for children to use whilst travelling to and from school on dedicated school transport.
“The Scottish Government and its road safety partners are committed to the outcome of safer road travel in Scotland for everyone. It is imperative that we do everything we can to protect Scotland’s children, ensuring they are as safe as possible as they travel to and from school.”