St John calls for compulsory seat belts on NZ buses after three serious crashes in two weeks

St John Ambulance is calling for compulsory seat belts on New Zealand buses following three serious bus crashes in the past two weeks.

Two people died as a result of the accidents. 

St John says all the injuries would have been preventable had passengers been wearing seat belts.

"It's really disappointing for us to attend incidents when we know it's preventable and therefore if those actions had been taken years previously, then there could be people walking about," said Norma Lane, St John director of clinical operations. 

The latest incident saw a school bus crash in Taranaki, leaving the driver dead in what may have been a medical event. Source: 1 NEWS

The Government has launched an investigation into the safety of buses which St John is keen to participate in.