Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (136)

Dan Neville

Question:

137 Deputy Dan Neville asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will review school transport arrangements for students who will be attending a school (details supplied) in County Limerick in September 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34446/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Skills)

Under the terms of my Department's Post Primary School Transport Scheme children are eligible for transport where they reside not less than 4.8 km from and are attending their nearest education centre as determined by my Department/Bus Éireann, having regard to ethos and language. Bus Éireann, which operates the School Transport Scheme on behalf of my Department, determine eligibility by measuring the shortest traversable route from a child's home to the relevant education centre. Children who are not eligible for school transport may apply for transport to a particular school on a concessionary basis in accordance with the terms of the scheme. The school transport charge for children who are eligible for school transport and for children who are availing of school transport on a concessionary basis remains at €350 for the next school year. This charge is subject to a family maximum of €650 per annum. This charge can be paid in two instalments in July and December.