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Dáil Éireann díospóireacht -
Wednesday, 3 Oct 2001

Vol. 541 No. 2

Written Answers. - School Transport.

Denis Naughten


1023 Mr. Naughten asked the Minister for Education and Science the plans he has to upgrade the school bus fleet; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21256/01]

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 school transport. As part of their ongoing policy of improving the age and condition of the school bus fleet, arrangements are in train to purchase more modern vehicles for school transport purposes with an emphasis on replacing the oldest buses in the fleet. In addition, more modern vehicles are being introduced into the school bus fleet on a phased basis as new buses are being introduced on road passenger services. These initiatives will result in a further general improvement in the age and condition of this fleet.