Written Answers. - School Transport.

Pat Rabbitte

Question:

59 Mr. Rabbitte asked the Minister for Education and Science his proposals for the modernisation of the school bus fleet; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21749/02]

The question of upgrading the school bus fleet is primarily a matter for Bus Éireann and the private contractors who provide a high proportion of the school bus fleet.

Bus Éireann's policy of continuous fleet replacement facilitates the improvement of the quality of vehicles used in the operation of the school transport scheme and provides a better standard of service for pupils availing of the service. As part of its ongoing policy of improving the age and condition of its fleet, Bus Éireann introduced over 120 replacement buses in the last year.