Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Questions (86)

Michael Ring


101 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the outcome of her inquiries in relation to the school transport situation for persons (details supplied) in County Mayo. [43888/10]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education)

Under the terms of my Department's Primary School Transport Scheme, pupils who reside 3.2 kilometres or more from, and are attending their nearest suitable national school, as determined by my Department, are eligible for free school transport.

The safety and welfare of pupils travelling on school transport services are of paramount importance to my Department and Bus Éireann, which operates the school transport services on behalf of my Department.

Bus Éireann is responsible for matters such as the planning of bus routes, the timetabling of services and the designation of pick up and set down points in such a way as to ensure that, as far as possible, pupils have a reasonable level of service consistent with school transport policy while at the same time, ensuring that school transport vehicles are fully utilised in an efficient and cost effective manner. Parents/Guardians have a responsibility to ensure that their children are brought safely to and collected safely from designated pick up and set down points.

There is no provision within the scheme to facilitate pupils with pick up or set down points on existing bus routes other than those designated by Bus Éireann.