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Welsh School Bus System Set for Overhaul

Magazine article Public Finance

Welsh School Bus System Set for Overhaul

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Local education authorities in Wales might be required to spend more on school transport if proposals made by Welsh Assembly members are adopted.

The Education and Lifelong Learning committee this week issued recommendations intended to improve the safety of school transport and tackle poor pupil behaviour on buses.

These include the installation of closed-circuit television on all vehicles, the use of trained adult escorts, and the phasing out of older models, including double-decker buses.

In its May 3 report, the committee acknowledged that some of their recommendations would entail increased costs for bus operators and local authorities.

'These [costs] have not been quantified. Some of the committee's recommendations, for example staggering school hours, could result in savings. The Assembly government, when responding to this report, will need to consider the financial implications of those recommendations it accepts,' the report stated.

Welsh Education Minister Jane Davidson has yet to respond formally. …

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