Buckle up

Roy Morgan, Esma Burling, Tim Mattsson, Neil Lyons and Peter Anoleck from Snowliner Coaches. Photo: Tina Zunic.

Roy Morgan, Esma Burling, Tim Mattsson, Neil Lyons and Peter Anoleck from Snowliner Coaches. Photo: Tina Zunic.

LOCAL bus company Snowliner Coaches has received a major boost in providing safety for students, securing a grant to install seatbelts on more of its buses.

Operating in Cooma and Berridale, Snowliner Coaches will receive $22,610.50 under the Regional School Buses Programme.

The announcement was made last week by Member for Eden-Monaro Peter Hendy.

"The Australian Government is delivering safer journeys to school for regional and rural students in Cooma through the Regional School Buses Programme," Dr Hendy said.

"The Australian Government will deliver $1.1 million to 31 operators in this round of the programme, to upgrade a further 61 buses, including one in Cooma.

"Kids will now buckle up on their often long trips to school and get home to their families safely.

"Regional school bus routes are longer, have higher travel speeds, so seatbelts have an important role to play in safeguarding our next generation," Dr Hendy said.

John Evans from Snowliner Coaches said seatbelts were noticably helpful in keeping children in their seats.

"Our driver Esma makes the kids wear them on the way back from Bombala and she says it helps a lot."

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