Dáil Éireann - Volume 637 - 26 June, 2007
Written Answers. - School Transport.
Deputy Michael Ring Deputy Michael Ring
Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Education and Science the position in relation to the review of the school bus transport. [16847/07]
Deputy Mary Hanafin Deputy Mary Hanafin
Deputy Mary Hanafin: In accordance with the programme for Government, my Department will be examining how to advance a review of the School Transport system. A number of improvements have recently been made to school bus transport such as the phasing out of the ‘3 for 2’ seating arrangements. All children travelling on school buses under the school transport scheme have been provided with individual seats. Bus Éireann hired in over 300 additional private contractors’ vehicles to address the capacity shortfall arising from the provision of ‘1 for 1’ seating and the Company was given approval to acquire 161 extra school buses, including fifty new buses.
In addition, all nominated school buses in the school transport scheme have been equipped with approved seat belts.
Dáil Éireann 637 Written Answers. School Transport.