Thursday, 3 November 2005
Department of Education and Science
Question 275: To ask the Minister for Education and Science his views on the unsatisfactory service that Bus Ãireann is providing to the children of a school (details supplied) due to the age and mechanical unsuitability of the school bus which is endangering the safety of the children. [32206/05]
Bus Ãireann, which operates the school transport service on behalf of my Department, plans bus routes in such a way as to ensure that, as far as possible, eligible pupils have a reasonable standard of service, while at the same time ensuring that school transport vehicles are fully utilised in a safe, efficient and cost-effective manner.
While the bus in question has passed its annual roadworthiness test, it is due for replacement shortly as part of Bus Ãireann's ongoing fleet replacement programme.