Seat belt law passed

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By ALAS­TAIR DAL­TON

All school buses will have to be fit­ted with seat belts after MSPS unan­i­mously agreed to back the move yes­ter­day.

How­ever, it does not make their use com­pul­sory.

The Seat Belts on School Trans­port (Scot­land) Bill re­quires lo­cal author­i­ties to en­sure all ve­hi­cles pro­vided solely to trans­port pupils to and from pri­mary and se­condary schools are fit­ted with belts.

It also ap­plies to pri­vate schools and fol­lows a pe­ti­tion lodged at Holy­rood ex­actly ten years ago.

The mea­sure is ex­pected to be in­tro­duced at the start of the new school year next Au­gust for pri­mary schools and in 2021 for se­condary schools.

A to­tal of 18 of Scot­land’s 32 coun­cils al­ready re­quire seat belts to be fit­ted as a con­di­tion of school ve­hi­cle con­tracts.

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