Get on-board the school bus inquiry
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien is encouraging the community to participate in a new public inquiry into the use of school buses by the wider community.
The Legislative Council’s Economy and Infrastructure Committee inquiry is focused on whether the use of school buses in rural and regional areas should be expanded to give more members of the community access to travel.
“It is great to see this issue being looked at,” said Mr O’Brien
“Members of our rural communities in Gippsland have limited access to public transport while some school buses have plenty of room for extra passengers.
“I’ve had first-hand feedback from my community about the frustration of a young adult who was catching the bus for years on the way to school but could not continue to do so to get to a new job or tertiary education when still too young to get a driver’s licence.
“However, we need to hear feedback from the community on issues of student safety and the risks and rewards of allowing adults onto school buses.
“In some areas the school bus is full and even school students are unable to utilise the service. If we can ensure child safety and school students are not disadvantaged in any way this may be an option that could work well for the community.”
Mr O’Brien encouraged all parents of current school bus users and potential users of the school bus to make a submission.
“This is your opportunity to have your say – please make a submission. The more information presented, the more beneficial the inquiry will be. I look forward to hearing the evidence brought forward and the views of the community.”
Public hearings will be held after submissions have been received and will hear from witnesses to gauge the views and experiences of people in rural and regional areas.
Submissions can be made via the Committee’s website - https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/eic-lc/article/4614 The inquiry is set to hand down a final report before the end of this year.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has welcomed a new public inquiry into the use of school buses by the wider community.
26 February 2021