16 Nov 2011

Rural women's school bus campaign gets a boost

7:05 am on 16 November 2011

A campaign for flashing 20km/h signs on school buses has received support from a report that finds they are effective in slowing traffic.

Rural Women New Zealand has welcomed the Transport Agency's findings, saying the current signage doesn't do enough to slow drivers passing school buses.

Spokesperson Jackie Edkins says the findings are good news for rural regions, where bus stops are often without footpaths and on 100km/h roads.

She says 23 children have been killed in the past 23 years while crossing the road to board a school bus, with 86% of those fatalities on rural roads.

She says the report will give the group's five-year campaign a boost.