Written answers

Thursday, 3 November 2005

Department of Education and Science

School Transport

5:00 pm

Photo of M J NolanM J Nolan (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail)
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Question 275: To ask the Minister for Education and Science his views on the unsatisfactory service that Bus Éireann 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]

Photo of Mary HanafinMary Hanafin (Minister, Department of Education and Science; Dún Laoghaire, Fianna Fail)
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Bus Éireann, 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 Éireann's ongoing fleet replacement programme.

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