Wednesday, 16 October 2019
Department of Education and Skills
School Transport Provision
97. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if Bus Éireann will be instructed to provide an urgent update on a case (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42368/19]
School Transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department. In the 2018/2019 school year over 117,500 children, including over 13,000 children with special educational needs, were transported in over 5,000 vehicles on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country covering over 100 million kilometres at a cost of over €200m in 2018.
The purpose of my Department's School Transport Scheme is, having regard to available resources, to support the transport to and from school of children who reside remote from their nearest school.
Bus Éireann has been requested to provide a report on the case referred to by the Deputy and further information will be provided to the Deputy once this report is received.