Posted April 20, 2019 08:59:03It may be a school day, a family gathering or a picnic at the beach.
But the last school bus that was running would not be on a Sunday morning.
But in the last year, the Government has been taking steps to try to speed up the rollout of school buses.
Key points:Under new legislation, school buses must be running on a school morning before 1:30pmSchool buses must meet all the national safety requirements for safety in the communityIf a school bus is not running, the Department of Education must inform parents, and the school must give the local authority a year’s notice.
Education Minister Steven Miles said the new law would help make sure school buses were running when students were most needed.
“This is a very important step forward for our schools and we’re pleased to have the support of the community, and our local authorities, in doing this,” he said.
“Schools across the country have been struggling to keep up with demand and this new requirement will make sure they’re running when most of our students are there.”
He said school buses needed to be running by 1:15pm and not be late.
“As well as school buses, there will be buses that are being run from schools in the suburbs, or from the community centres,” he explained.
“In addition, school districts are also required to meet safety requirements and will be able to have buses that meet those requirements.”
Schools in Tasmania already have the same requirement.
In Western Australia, a school is required to be operating by 1pm every day, even if the school day is later than 1:00pm.
Under the new legislation for schools, buses will only be required to run on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.
The requirement to be in operation on a specific day of the week does not apply in Victoria, South Australia, Queensland or Western Australia.
Education Minister Steve Miles said school bus schedules would be updated in due course.
“When we get to the point where the school year starts, schools will be given a notice of when the school bus service will be switched to the next schedule,” he told the ABC.
“That will be a bit more complex, but we want to make sure that students can take their children for school, and we will have more information on that at the beginning of the year.”
School bus operators, such as BusSupervision Tasmania, will be required by the new rules to provide a full-time bus operator to help with the operation of the school buses until the new schedule is released.
BusSupervision will be running school buses from December 1 until March 31, 2020.
Mr Miles said there would be no restrictions on how much the operators could earn, or how much they could pay for the buses.
“We want to ensure that all schools, all families are being able to access the bus service that they need and that we have enough bus operators to go around, so we’ll get the right mix of school bus operators,” he stated.
A school bus on the way to a school in Victoria.
Some schools are running the buses in groups, which means bus operators will have to get permission from each school before they can leave their schools.
“We’ll have more details on this in the spring,” Mr Miles said.