SCHOOL bus transport would be free for primary and high school children if Labor were to regain government at the next state election, the party’s candidate for the Upper House seat of Elwick said yesterday.
Josh Willie said the plan would form part of Labor’s broader transport strategy and was designed to help ease family budgets and unprecedented traffic congestion on Tasmanian roads.
Mr Willie said that under the policy, students would be given free transport to and from their nearest school.
Where a student was enrolled in a school further from their nearest campus, the full concession fare price would apply, he said.
“It’s essential more Tasmanian kids get back on public buses to help alleviate rapidly growing traffic problems, particularly in the northern Hobart area,” Mr Willie said.
“As I have campaigned through the northern suburbs over the past six weeks, literally hundreds of mums and dads have told me they can no longer depend on bus services.”
Source : themercury.com.au