Yukon Party Motion Urging the Government to Review School Busing Policies Passes

WHITEHORSE – The Yukon Party motion urging the government to review school busing policies passed today with amendments. The Yukon Party brought forward this motion following concerns from Yukon families and CBC’s The Fifth Estate investigative report on school bus safety.

The original motion, tabled by MLA Scott Kent, reads:

THAT this House urges the Minister of Education, in partnership with all appropriate stakeholders, to conduct a comprehensive review of school busing in Yukon, including but not limited to:

(1) bus capacity and assigned seating;

(2) whether the wearing of seatbelts by passengers should be mandatory;

(3) registration process;

(4) behavioural and disciplinary policies;

(5) emergency procedures; and

(6) service areas and standards.

The amended motion that passed unanimously reads:

THAT this House urges the Minister of Education, in partnership with all appropriate stakeholders, to participate in the recently announced Transport Canada assessment of seatbelt safety and to continue to review of school busing in Yukon, including but not limited to:

(1) bus capacity and assigned seating;

(2) whether the wearing of seatbelts by passengers should be mandatory;

(3) registration process;

(4) behavioural and disciplinary policies;

(5) emergency procedures; and

(6) service areas and standards.

“We are happy that we were able to convince the government that this motion was worthy of support,” stated Kent. “Concerns from parents along with the recent report from The Fifth Estate made this an important issue for Yukon legislators to debate.”

Background:

Unbuckled: School Bus Safety: https://www.cbc.ca/fifth/episodes/2018-2019/unbuckled-school-bus-safety

Internal Transport Canada study showed school buses 'failed' safety tests: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/internal-transport-canada-study-showed-school-buses-failed-safety-tests-1.4860611

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Madison Pearson
Communications
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