Review Into School Transport To Be Published This Week

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A review into the school transport scheme will be published this week.

A spokepserson for the Department of Education has confirmed that the long awaited review into concessionary charges and rules has been completed.

They go on to reiterate that eligibility for bus transport is to the nearest school, while those ineligible may apply on a concessionary basis.

The announcement comes after up to 100 people protested outside the Dail this afternoon, including many unhappy parents from the Rhode area.

Offaly Sinn Fein deputy Carol Nolan has been seeking reform of the system in recent months.

Statement by Department of Education:

The Programme for Government commits to review the concessionary charges and rules element of the School Transport Scheme prior to Budget 2017. This review has been completed and it will be published on the Departments website this week.

School Transport is a very significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills. In the region of 113,000 children, including some 10,000 children with special educational needs, are transported in approximately 4,000 vehicles each school day.

The purpose of the Department’s School Transport Scheme is, having regard to available resources, to support the transport to and from school of children who reside remote from their nearest school. In general, children are eligible for school transport if they are attending their nearest school and satisfy the requisite distance criteria. While it is the prerogative of parents to send their children to the school of their choice, eligibility for school transport is to the nearest school. Routes are planned on the basis of the locations of children who are eligible for school transport only. Children who are not eligible for school transport may apply for transport on a concessionary basis.

As is outlined in the Post Primary School Transport Scheme the availability of concessionary transport may vary from year to year, is not available on public scheduled services and cannot be guaranteed for the duration of a child’s post primary education cycle. Where the number of applications for transport on a concessionary basis exceeds the number of seats available, Bus Éireann will determine the allocation of the tickets.