Paisley’s MSP George Adam has today welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement that it 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.
Commenting on the news, George said, “I very much welcome the news announced by the Transport Minister, Keith Brown. We need to do all we can to ensure the safety of our children and 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 I’m sure will be received well by parents.
‘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. The announcement has been made at this time to give local authorities and bus operators time to prepare for the change and I look forward to further discussions with CoSLA next month to review the full detail of these plans and consider the financial implications.
‘As MSP for Paisley, I will do all I can in parliament to ensure the safety of our children is always at the top of the Scottish Government’s agenda, and this announcement shows that the Scottish Government and its road safety partners are committed to the outcome of safer road travel in Scotland for everyone.”