Mandatory Seatbelts on School Buses?

A group of Manitoba parents are pushing for mandatory seatbelts on school buses.

There is a group called Manitoba Parents for Mandatory Seatbelts, which hopes to have seatbelts mandatory on school busses.

Petra McGowan is leading the effort because of her six-year-old girl who spends about an hour and a half each day bussing between home and school in St. Anne, Man.

“I come from Europe, where the majority of school buses are equipped with seatbelts, so it was a little bit of a rude surprise to see that there were none.”

Petra began researching, reviewing a 1984 Transport Canada study often cited as evidence school buses are safer without seatbelts and investigations from the documentary program The Fifth Estate. What she learned led her to conclude the current approach is flawed, and she says views are changing.

There is a Facebook group created in hopes of change.

A spokesperson for Manitoba Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler said they’re aware of the push in Manitoba.

Erika Miller with CAA Manitoba said it’s reviewing the issue and believes legislators should too.



Feature Image: Manitoba Parents for Mandatory Seatbelts Facebook Group/ Source: Facebook- Manitoba Parents for Mandatory Seatbelts

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