1 March 2017

MSP Welcomes Launch of School Bus Seat Belts Bill

Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the Seatbelts on School Transport (Scotland) bill as it makes its first step through the legislative process.

The SNP MSP has campaigned tirelessly for years in support of the issue after feedback from constituents.

He has previously raised the issue of stricter legislation around seatbelts and school bus safety.

Earlier today his colleague Gillian Martin, who represents Aberdeenshire East, met with pupils from Cuiken Primary School in Midlothian, a local authority area, where children have already been well-educated on buckling up on the journey to and from school.

Mr Stevenson, a former Transport Minister for the Scottish Government, has worked hard to bring issues of school bus safety to the forefront of politics and he has been a long-time supporter of his constituent Ron Beatty who campaigned for fresh safety provisions after his granddaughter was left with life-changing injuries more than a decade ago.

Mr Stevenson said:

“I welcome the Seatbelts for School Transport (Scotland) Bill beginning its first step through parliament.

“This work is incredibly important in ensuring the safety of our youngsters as they make their way from home to school.

“Constituents of mine such as Ron Beaty worked for years to highlight a range of safety issues and it is the efforts of determined constituents like him that have helped us take positive steps such as this today.”

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