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NEW SEAT BELTS ON SCHOOL TRANSPORT (SCOTLAND) BILL LAUNCHED TODAY

Publised date : 01 Mar 2017

The Seat Belts on School Transport (Scotland) Bill was launched today by Gillian Martin MSP.

The proposed legislation would place a statutory requirement on local authorities and other education providers to ensure that the vehicles used in dedicated home-to-school transport are fitted with seat belts.

Local authorities are currently free to stipulate seat belts within such transport contracts and 18 already do so.

The Bill follows devolution of powers specifically on the issue via a Scotland Act Order and a Scotland-wide consultation which took place between March and June last year.

The new legal requirement is intended to come into effect in 2018 for vehicles transporting primary school children and 2021 for vehicles carrying secondary school pupils, with a staggered lead-in time to help councils and bus companies adapt to the changes.

 

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