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Bus seatbelts for kids round 7 call for applications



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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Catherine King MP Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport

17 November 2010 CK003/2010

Bus Seatbelts for Kids Round 7 Call for Applications

School bus operators in regional, rural and remote Australia have been urged to apply for funding to install seatbelts on their buses under round seven of the Seatbelts for Kids scheme.

Their local communities, schools and parents have also been encouraged by Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport, Catherine King, to support them in their application for funding of up to $25,000.

The call comes as details of the outcome of round six of the program are announced. In round six of Seatbelts for Kids, an additional 15 buses from 11 operators were approved for funding, taking the total Federal support under the scheme to 217 buses for 113 operators.

“Bus operators and the communities they serve should take every opportunity to improve the safety of our most precious cargo, our kids,” Ms King said.

“It is good to see the number of buses being funded to fit seatbelts is increasing across the life of the program,” Ms King said.

Seatbelts for Kids aims to increase the number of school buses equipped with seatbelts for students in rural and regional areas.

Ms King said buses on country roads face longer distances and faster speeds so simple steps that improve the chance of survival or reduce serious injury in the case of a crash should be snapped up by operators without having to wait for a tragedy to occur.

“Bus operators who have an existing contract with a state or territory government to provide school bus services on a recognised rural and regional school bus route can apply for funding to fit seatbelts to new buses or retrofit existing buses, including associated engineering work,” she said.

“I strongly urge regional and rural school bus operators to get their applications in for funding of up to $25,000 per bus, and communities, schools and parents to support their applications,” Ms King concluded.

Applications for Seatbelts for Kids Round 7 close on 17 December 2010.

For information on eligibility and application information go to www.infrastructure.gov.au/roads/safety/seatbeltsforkids/

Media Contacts

Peter Dwyer ( King's Office ) 0409 866 054

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