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School Transport

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 8 September 2020

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Ceisteanna (572)

Thomas Pringle

Ceist:

572. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Education the number of tickets issued under the school transport scheme at 31 August in each of the years 2018 to 2020 by primary, post primary and the subcategories of eligible, eligible exemption from charges and concessionary; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [22024/20]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

School Transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department of Education. In the 2019/20 school year over 120,000 children, including over 14,200 children with special educational needs, were transported in over 5,000 vehicles on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country covering over 100 million kilometres at a cost of over €219m in 2019.

Below is a breakdown of school bus tickets issued under the school transport scheme as at 31st August 2018, 2019 and 2020 broken down into the requested categories.

Tickets issued as at 31st August 2018/19/20

2018

2019

2020

Primary Eligible

16667

16353

15155

Primary Eligible Medical Card

6422

5880

5103

Primary Concessionary

13250

14363

13168

Post Primary Eligible

28039

30556

29685

Post Primary Eligible Medical Card

21432

21228

20292

Post Primary Concessionary

13687

14544

13158

Figures for 2020 may be subject to change as Bus Éireann continues to allocate tickets where capacity may exist.

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