Frequently Asked Questions

 

School Transport Scheme - Frequently Asked Question’s

An Scéim Iompar Scoile – Ceisteanna Coitianta

GENERAL

GINEARÁLTA

What is the School Transport Scheme?

Céard é an Scéim Iompar Scoile?

Where can I get information on the School Transport Scheme?

Cá háit is féidir liom eolas faoin Scéim Iompar Scoile a fháil? 

Who is eligible?

Cé tá cáilithe?

How do I know if my child is eligible?

Conas a bheidh fhios agam an bhfuil mo leanbh incháilithe?

Can ineligible children still get school transport?

Mura bhfuil leanbh incháilithe, an féidir leis/léi leas a bhaint as iompar scoile?

What is a ‘scheduled service’?

Cad is ‘seirbhís sceidealaithe’ ann?

Can I have a home pick up?

An féidir liom ionad bailithe ag baile a bheith agam?

Is School Transport provided during the period of a Status Red Weather Warning?

An gcuirtear Iompar Scoile ar fáil nuair atá Rabhadh Aimsire ‘Dearg’ i bhfeidhm?

Can I obtain a refund if the service doesn’t operate due to bad weather conditions?

An féidir liom aisíoc a fháil sa chás nach n-oibríonn seirbhís de dheascadh drochaimsire?

What if my nearest school is full?

Cad a tharlaíonn má tá an scoil is cóngaraí dom lán?

APPLICATIONS

IARRATAIS

How do I apply? 

Conas is féidir liom iarratas a dhéanamh?

When do I apply?

Cathain is cóir iarratas a chur isteach?

Do I need to apply each school year?

An gá dom iarratas ar iompar scoile a dhéanamh gach scoilbhliain?

CHARGES

TÁILLÍ

Is there a charge?

An bhfuil táille le híoc?

Are some children exempt from the charge?

An bhfuil roinnt leanaí saortha ón táille?

When do I pay?

Cathain is gá dom íoc ?

How do I pay?

Conas is féidir liom íoc?

Can I spread the payment over the school year?

An féidir liom íocaíocht a leathadh i gcaitheamh na scoilbhliana?

Do I pay a reduced charge for my children on morning/afternoon only?

An féidir liom táille laghdaithe a íoc sa chás go mbaineann mo leanbh/leanaí leas as iompar scoile ar maidir/san iarnóin amháin?

Can I still pay once the closing date for payment has passed?

Tá an dáta deiridh íocaíochta imithe – céard ba chóir dom a dhéanamh?

How can I get help making an online payment?

An féidir leis an Oifig áitiúil Iompar Scoile ag Bus Éireann cabhrú liom íocaíocht a dhéanamh ar líne?

Is the full amount due if the school year has started?

Má tá an scoilbhliain tosaithe, an gá dom an táille iomlán bliana a íoc?

What if the request for payment does not arrive in July?

Cad ba choir a dhéanamh sa chás nach dtagann iarratas ar íocaíocht i mí Iuil?

What do I do if I have lost my request for payment?

Céard ba chóir dom a dhéanamh má tá an sonrasc caillte agam?

TICKETS

TICÉID

When are tickets issued?

Cathain a eisítear ticéid?

Can I use my receipt for travel until I receive a ticket?

An féidir liom admháil a úsáid um thaisteal go bhfaigheadh mé ticéad?

Can I use the ticket to travel home after games or homework club and so on?

An féidir an ticéad bus a úsáid chun taisteal abhaile tar éis cluichí nó club obair bhaile etc?

Where can I get further information?

Cá háit is féidir liom tuilleadh eolais a fháil? 

School Transport Scheme - Frequently Asked Questions

What is the School Transport Scheme? 

The School Transport Scheme is operated by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills and provides transport to and from school for children who live at a distance from their nearest school.

Where can I get information on the School Transport Scheme? 

Read the full terms of the Primary School Transport Scheme and Post Primary School Transport Scheme on both the Department of Education and Skills and Bus Éireann websites.

Who is eligible? 

Primary children who live more than 3.2 kms from their nearest national school as determined by the Department/Bus Éireann.

  • Post-Primary children who live more than than 4.8 kms from their nearest education centre as determined by the Department/Bus Éireann.
    Both language and ethos apply

How do I know if my child is eligible?

  • Apply for first-time children online with Bus Éireann by the last Friday in April. Apply offline if necessary by downloading and returning the forms.
  • Bus Éireann determines eligibility by checking the distance from the nearest school to the child’s home.
  • Get a preliminary eligibility by selecting your home on the online map when applying online. School Transport is subject to the availability of a suitable service in your area.
  • If your child is eligible for school transport and there is a suitable service available in your area you will receive an email requesting payment in early July. If there is no transport service available, and you have applied by the closing date of the last Friday in April you may receive the Remote Area Grant.  Details of this grant are available on the Department of Education and Skills website at www.education.ie/
  • Children who are not eligible for school transport but who have applied for transport on a concessionary basis may be accommodated if there is a suitable service available, provided there is spare capacity on the service and the appropriate charge is paid.  Concessionary transport is not available on public scheduled services.  Confirmation of the availability of a concessionary seat will not be known until early August

Can ineligible children still get school transport? 

Yes. Transport may be available on a concessionary basis (see above).  Children who are not eligible must pay the charge.  Apply online at buseireann.ie

What is a ‘scheduled service’?

A scheduled service is a public bus or rail service which is open to the general public to use, in contrast to a school bus service which only carries schoolchildren. 

Can I have a home pick up?

Home pick-ups are not a general feature of the Primary or Post Primary Schemes.  Where practicable, and subject to considerations of cost and logistics, routes are planned to avoid an eligible Post Primary child having to travel more than 3.2 kilometres to or from a pick up/set down, or more than 2.4 kilometres to or from a pick up/set down point in the case of a Primary child.  Parents/guardians are responsible for ensuring that children are brought safely to and collected safely from Bus Éireann designated pick up and set down points.  

Is School Transport provided during the period of a Status Red Weather Warning?

All services provided by Bus Éireann under the Department of Education and Skills School Transport Schemes will be cancelled in the affected area if a Status Red warning is announced for all or part of a given day.  For further details please refer to the Bus Éireann website.   

Can I obtain a refund if the service doesn’t operate due to bad weather conditions?  

All Bus Éireann services may be subject to alteration or cancellation without notice for reasons beyond the control of Bus Éireann.  On occasions where snow, fog, or other adverse weather conditions prevail, or the state of the roads is unusually difficult or if for any reason whatsoever roads or sections of roads are closed to traffic, it may be necessary to vary the times of Bus Éireann services or to suspend their operation without notice.  Bus Éireann shall not be liable for any loss, damage, delay or expense arising as a result of such circumstances outside the control of Bus Éireann.     

What if my nearest school is full? 

Eligibility is determined based on the distance that you live from your next nearest school with regard to ethos and language if the Department is satisfied that your nearest school is full. Parents must provide:

  • Evidence that an application for enrolment was made within the deadline dates specified by the school.
  • A letter from the school authorities confirming that the school was full.
  • A copy of the decision reached following an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act, 1998. The Act provides for an appeal by a parent to the Secretary General of the Department where a Board of Management of a school has refused to enrol a child.

APPLICATIONS

How do I apply? 
Apply online on the Bus Éireann School Transport webpage

When do I apply? 
Apply online by the last Friday in April each year

Do I need to apply each school year?
No. Your child continues in the scheme if there is no change in his/her circumstances.

CHARGES

Is there a charge?
Yes, €100 per primary child up to a maximum of €220 for families with primary children only. €350 per post primary child. The overall family maximum is €650.

Are some children exempt from the charge?
Yes. Children eligible for transport who hold valid Medical Cards (GMS Scheme). The child’s Medical Card details are required when making the payment and details may be entered online at buseireann.ie

When do I pay?
Usually in the first week of July when the request for payment is issued. Pay by the last Friday in July.

How do I pay?
You can pay on line at buseireann.ie or offline by sending a cheque/postal order/money order to your local Bus Éireann School Transport Office.

Can I spread the payment over the school year?
Yes. Pay either in full by the last Friday in July or in two equal instalments in July and December.

Do I pay a reduced charge for my children on morning/afternoon only?
No.  Each child is allocated an individual seat to and from school each day for the school year, whether availed of or not. 

Can I still pay once the closing date for payment has passed?
Yes. Pay online at buseireann.ie as soon as possible for any spare seats that are available. Any money paid is refunded if no seats are available.

How can I get help making an online payment?
Contact your local Bus Éireann School Transport Office

Is the full amount due if the school year has started?
Children who join a service before the Christmas holidays pay the full annual charge. Children who join a service from January onwards pay a pro-rata charge for the remainder of the school year.

What if the request for payment does not arrive in July?
Check that you have applied and apply online at buseireann.ie if needed. Late applicants are not guaranteed a seat.

What do I do if I have lost my request for payment?
Please contact your local Bus Éireann School Transport Office.

TICKETS

When are tickets issued?
Tickets for eligible children who have paid/submitted Medical Card details on time are generally posted shortly before schools resume. Any payments for which no seats remain are refunded. The refund is only processed after the schools have started to allow every effort to accommodate the child by making operational changes where possible.

Can I use my receipt for travel until I receive a ticket?
No.  One ticket is issued per seat on the school bus. A valid ticket must be presented upon request by the driver at any time.

Can I use the ticket to travel home after games or homework club and so on?
No. Tickets issued under the School Transport Scheme for travel on scheduled services can be used for travel up to 5pm only each school day. 

Where can I get further information?
Please contact your local Bus Éireann School Transport Office

An Scéim Iompar Scoile – Ceisteanna Coitianta

Céard é an Scéim Iompar Scoile? 

Tacaíonn an Scéim Iompar Scoile, a oibríonn Bus Éireann thar ceann na Roinne Oideachais agus Scileanna, iompar chun na scoile agus ar ais do leanaí a bhfuil cónaí orthu i bhfad ón scoil is cóngaraí dóibh.

Cá háit is féidir liom eolas faoin Scéim Iompar Scoile a fháil? 
Tá téarmaí iomlána na scéimeanna bunscoile agus iar-bhunscoile ar fáil ar shuíomhanna gréasáin na Roinne Oideachais agus Bhus Éireann araon.

Cé tá cáilithe?

  • Tá leanaí Bunscoile incháilithe ar iompar má tá cónaí orthu fad nach lú ná 3.2 km ón scoil náisiúnta is cóngaraí dóibh, mar a chinneann an Roinn/Bus Éireann, ag tabhairt aird ar éiteas agus teanga.
  • Tá leanaí Iar-bhunscoile incháilithe ar iompar má tá cónaí orthu fad nach lú ná 4.8 km ón ionad oideachais is cóngaraí dóibh, mar a chinneann an Roinn/Bus Éireann, ag tabhairt aird ar éiteas agus teanga.

Conas a bheidh fhios agam an bhfuil mo leanbh incháilithe?

  • I gcás leanaí atá ag iarraidh leas a bhaint as iompar scoile don chéad uair, ba chóir iarratais um iompar scoile a dhéanamh ar líne chuig Bus Éireann faoin Aoine dheireanach i mí Aibreáin, ag buseireann.ie Mura bhfuil sé seo indéanta, féadfar foirmeacha a íoslódáil agus a sheoladh sa phost chuig Bus Éireann roimh an dáta sin
  • Cinneann Bus Éireann incháilitheacht de réir an fhaid chun na scoile is cóngaraí ó theach cónaithe an linbh.
  • Mar chuid den phróiseas iarratais ar líne, nuair a roghnaíonn tú do theach ar an léarscáil ar líne, ríomhtar an fad chun na scoile ionas gur féidir incháilitheacht a chinneadh. Tugann sé seo réamhléiriú incháilitheachta. Braitheann soláthar iompar scoile ar sheirbhís oiriúnach a bheith ar fáil i do cheantar. 
  • Sa chás go bhfuil do leanbh incháilithe ar iompar scoile, agus go bhfuil seirbhís oiriúnach ar fáil i do cheantar, gheobhaidh tú ríomhphost ag lorg íocaíochta go luath i mí Iúil. Sa chás nach bhfuil seirbhís iompair ar fáil, agus go ndearna tú iarratas roimh an spriocdháta ar an Aoine dheireanach i mí Aibreáin féadfaidh tú an Deontas um Cheantar Iargúlta a fháil. Tá sonraí  an deontais seo ar fáil ar shuíomh gréasáin na Roinne Oideachais agus Scileanna ag www.education.gov.ie
  • I gcás leanaí nach bhfuil incháilithe ar iompar scoile a ndearna iarratas ar iompar ar bhonn lamháltais, féadfar iad a iompar má ta seirbhís oiriúnach ar fail, ach suíocháin spártha a bheith ann agus an táille chuí a íoc. Níl iompar ar bhonn lamháltais ar fáil ar sheirbhísí sceidealaithe poiblí. Ní féidir suíochán lamháltais a dheimhniú roimh thus mhí Lúnasa ar a luaithe.

Mura bhfuil leanbh incháilithe, an féidir leis/léi leas a bhaint as iompar scoile? 
D’fhéadfadh iompar ar bhonn lamháltais a bheith ar fáil (féach thuas). Caithfidh leanaí nach bhfuil incháilithe an táille a íoc. Ba chóir duit iarratas a dhéanamh ar líne ag buseireann.ie

Cad is ‘seirbhís sceidealaithe’ ann?

Sé is seirbhís sceidealaithe ann ná seirbhís phoiblí bus nó iarnróid atá ar oscailt um úsáid ag an bpobal i gcoitinne, ní hionann agus bus-sheirbhís scoile nach n-iompraíonn ach leanaí scoile amháin.

An féidir liom ionad bailithe ag baile a bheith agam?

I gcoitinne, ní cuid de na Scéimeanna Bunscoile nó Iar-Bhunscoile iad ionaid bhailithe ag baile. Chomh fada agus is féidir é, agus faoi réir ag costais agus lóistíocht, leagtar amach na bealaí i dtreo is nach gá do leanbh incháilithe Iar-Bhunscoile taisteal níos mó ná 3.2km chuig ionad bailithe nó ó ionad tuirlingthe, agus nach gá do leanbh incháilithe Bunscoile taisteal níos mó ná 2.4km chuig ionad bailithe nó ó ionad tuirlingthe. Tá tuismitheoirí/caomhnóirí freagrach as a chinntiú go dtugtar leanaí ar bhealach sábháilte chuig na hionaid bhailithe agus ó na hionaid tuirlingthe atá leagtha síos ag Bus Éireann.

An gcuirtear Iompar Scoile ar fáil nuair atá Rabhadh Aimsire ‘Dearg’ i bhfeidhm?

Sa chás go bhfógraítear Rabhadh Aimsire ‘Dearg’ maidir le lá ar leith nó cuid den lá sin, cuirfear ar ceal gach seirbhís a sholáthraíonn Bus Éireann faoi Scéimeanna Iompar Scoile na Roinne Oideachais agus Scileanna sa cheantar lena mbaineann an rabhadh. Chun sonraí breise a fháil féach le do thoil suíomh gréasáin Bhus Éireann.   

An féidir liom aisíoc a fháil sa chás nach n-oibríonn seirbhís de dheascadh drochaimsire? 

Féadfar seirbhísí uile Bhus Éireann a athrú nó a chur ar ceal de dheascadh cúiseanna nach bhfuil smacht ag Bus Éireann orthu. I gcásanna sneachta, ceo nó cúinsí eile drochaimsire, nó sa chás go bhfuil staid na mbóithre anróiteach, nó sa chás go bhfuil bóithre nó codanna de bhóithre dúnta ar chúis ar bith, féadfar amchláir na seirbhísí ag Bus Éireann a athrú, nó na seirbhísí a chur ar ceal, gan fógra. Ní bheidh Bus Éireann faoi dhliteanas ar bith mar gheall ar aon chaillteanas, díobháil, moill ná costas a éiríonn de dheascadh a leithéid de chúinsí nach bhfuil smacht ag Bus Éireann orthu.    

Cad a tharlaíonn má tá an scoil is cóngaraí dom lán?

Sa chás go bhfuil an Roinn sásta go bhfuil an scoil is cóngaraí duit lán, cinnfear incháilitheacht ar iompar scoile de réir an fhaid a bhfuil cónaí ort ón gcéad scoil eile is cóngaraí duit, ag tabhairt aird ar éiteas agus teanga.

Mar chruthú go bhfuil an scoil is cóngaraí lán caithfidh tuismitheoirí an méid seo a leanas a sholáthar:

  • Fianaise go ndearnadh iarratas ar rollú taobh istigh de na spriocdhátaí a bhí leagtha síos ag an scoil
  • Litir ó na húdaráis scoile ag deimhniú go raibh an scoil lán
  • Cóip den chinneadh ar achomharc faoi alt 29 den Acht Oideachais, 1998; faoin Acht seo féadfaidh tuismitheoir achomharc a dhéanamh chuig Ard-Rúnaí na Roinne sa chás gur dhiúltaigh Bord Bainistíochta Scoile leanbh a rollú.

IARRATAIS

Conas is féidir liom iarratas a dhéanamh? 
Déan iarratas ar líne ar an leathanach Gréasáin Iompar Scoile

Cathain is cóir iarratas a chur isteach? 
Ba chóir iarratais a chur isteach ar líne roimh an Aoine dheireanach de mhí Aibreáin gach bliain.

An gá dom iarratas ar iompar scoile a dhéanamh gach scoilbhliain? 
Ní gá duit. Má tá do leanbh ag baint leasa faoi láthair as iompar scoile agus nach bhfuil aon athrú ar a c(h)úinsí ní gá duit iarratas ar iompar a dhéanamh gach scoilbhliain.

TÁILLÍ

An bhfuil táille le híoc?
Tá táille le híoc – sé an táille bhliantúil reatha ná €100 ar gach leanbh bunscoile (uasmhéid €220 do theaghlaigh le leanaí bunscoile amháin); €350 ar gach leanbh iar-bhunscoile. Sé an t-uasmhéid iomlán teaghlaigh ná €650.

An bhfuil roinnt leanaí saortha ón táille? 
Níl táille le híoc ag leanaí atá incháilithe ar iompar a bhfuil Cártaí bailí Leighis (Scéim SLG) acu. Is gá sonraí ar Chárta Leighis an linbh a sholáthar nuair atá íocaíocht á déanamh; is féidir na sonraí a iontráil ar líne ag buseireann.ie

Cathain is gá dom íoc ? 
De ghnáth, eiseofar iarratas ar íocaíocht sa chéad seachtain de mhí Iúil. Ní foláir íocaíocht a dhéanamh roimh an Aoine dheireanach de mhí Iúil.

Conas is féidir liom íoc? 
Is féidir leat íoc ar líne ag buseireann.ie nó seic/ordú poist/ordú airgid a sheoladh díreach chuig an Oifig Iompar Scoile áitiúil ag Bus Éireann.

An féidir liom íocaíocht a leathadh i gcaitheamh na scoilbhliana? 
Is féidir íocaíocht iomlán a dhéanamh faoin Aoine dheireanach i mí Iúil nó é a roinnt ina dhá leath – i mí Iúil agus i mí na Nollag.

An féidir liom táille laghdaithe a íoc sa chás go mbaineann mo leanbh/leanaí leas as iompar scoile ar maidir/san iarnóin amháin? 
Ní féidir. Dáiltear suíochán ar leith ar sheirbhís iompar scoile ar gach leanbh, chun na scoile agus ar ais, ar gach lá den scoilbhliain, is cuma an mbaintear leas as nó nach mbaintear.

Tá an dáta deiridh íocaíochta imithe – céard ba chóir dom a dhéanamh? 
Ba chóir duit íoc ar líne ag buseireann.ie chomh luath agus is féidir. Eiseofar ticéid sa chás go bhfuil suíocháin spártha ar fáil, ach sa chás go bhfuil na seirbhísí lán agus nach bhfuil suíochán ar fáil déanfar aisíoc ar airgead a íocadh.

An féidir leis an Oifig áitiúil Iompar Scoile ag Bus Éireann cabhrú liom íocaíocht a dhéanamh ar líne? 
Is féidir – déan teagmháil leis an Oifig áitiúil Iompar Scoile ag Bus Éireann.

Má tá an scoilbhliain tosaithe, an gá dom an táille iomlán bliana a íoc? 
Baintear an táille iomlán bliana sa chás go dtéann do leanbh ar sheirbhís iompar scoile roimh shaoire na Nollag. Sa chás go dtéann leanaí ar sheirbhís iompar scoile ó mhí Eanáir, ní foláir táille pro rata a íoc as an chuid eile den scoilbhliain.

Cad ba choir a dhéanamh sa chás nach dtagann iarratas ar íocaíocht i mí Iuil?
Féach go ndearna tú iarratas ar iompar scoile; mura ndearna tú, déan iarratas ar líne ag buseireann.ie. Ní féidir suíochán ar sheirbhís iompar scoile a rathú i gcás iarratasóirí déanacha.

Céard ba chóir dom a dhéanamh má tá an sonrasc caillte agam? 
Déan teagmháil le do thoil leis an Oifig áitiúil Iompar Scoile ag Bus Éireann

TICÉID

Cathain a eisítear ticéid? 
Sa chás go ndearnadh íocaíocht nó gur seoladh sonraí faoi Chárta Leighis in am, cuirtear ticéid sa phost go gairid roimh athoscailt na scoileanna. Sa chás go ndearnadh íocaíocht, ach nach bhfuil suíocháin ar fáil, déanfar aisíoc ar an airgead. Ní dhéantar aisíoca roimh athoscailt na scoileanna, ionas gur féidir gach iarracht a dhéanamh suíochán a fháil don leanbh trí athruithe oibriúcháin a dhéanamh más féidir.

An féidir liom admháil a úsáid um thaisteal go bhfaigheadh mé ticéad? 
Ní féidir. Eisítear ticéad amháin um gach suíochán ar an mbus scoile agus ní foláir ticéad bailí a thaispeáint don tiománaí ar iarraidh am ar bith.

An féidir an ticéad bus a úsáid chun taisteal abhaile tar éis cluichí nó club obair bhaile etc? 
Ní féidir ticéid a eisíodh faoin Scéim Iompar Scoile le haghaidh taistil ar sheirbhísí sceidealaithe a úsáid ach amháin le haghaidh taistil suas chuig 5pm gach lá scoile.

Cá háit is féidir liom tuilleadh eolais a fháil? 
Déan teagmháil le do thoil leis an Oifig áitiúil Iompar Scoile ag Bus Éireann