Tuesday, 29 November 2016
Department of Education and Skills
School Transport Applications
244. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will investigate the case of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary who is waiting on a decision for a school transport grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37653/16]
School transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department.
Currently over 114,000 children, including some 10,000 children with special educational needs, are being transported in approximately 4,000 vehicles on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country covering over 100 million kilometres annually.
The child referred to by the Deputy is eligible for school transport under the terms of my Department's School Transport Scheme for Children with Special Educational Needs.
Bus Éireann is responsible for the planning and timetabling of school transport routes and endeavours, within available resources, to ensure that each eligible child has a reasonable level of school transport service.
In this regard Bus Éireann has advised that this child can be accommodated on an existing service and therefore the question of a special transport grant does not arise. The parent was advised of this in April 2014.