Schools & Enthusiasts

  1. School Transport Scheme
    1. Collection points
    2. Safety
    3. Special needs
    4. Further information
  2. Bus Enthusiasts Groups
    1. Publications
    2. Bus Éireann/Business 2000 Case Studies

School Transport Scheme

The Department of Education established the School Transport Scheme in 1967.  The purpose of the school transport schemes is, having regard to available resources, to support transport for

  • Children who reside long distances from their nearest Primary and Post Primary school, and
  • Children with Special Educational needs

Bus Éireann administers the school transport schemes on behalf of the Department of Education & Skills.

  1. Over 114,000 school children travel on our school bus services each school day: 64,000 post primary and 50,000 primary
  2. Some 6,000 bus routes are organised through a network of 11 local offices
  3. Almost 4,000 vehicles are involved in this operation daily, using a combination of our own fleet and sub-contracted vehicles

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Collection points

Pupils are collected from convenient centrally designated pick-up points. All of the routes and locations used by the buses and schoolchildren on transport are assessed by our personnel to ensure that the network remains suitable and as safe as possible at all times.

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The safety of schoolchildren, and the safe operation of our school transport services, is of paramount importance to Bus Éireann.

Bus Éireann establishes before engaging contractors that each operator, driver and vehicle procured meets necessary and appropriate standards and complies with relevant legislative requirements, using comprehensive procurement procedures that also provide transparency, value for money, equality of treatment, and equal access to the work. School Transport contractors must operate to a schedule, on a specified route, serving nominated pick up points, and only carrying passengers, advised in advance by Bus Éireann.

Bus Éireann conducts an assessment of the suitability of pick up points and routes to be used from a safety perspective before a service is established taking account of the size of vehicle being utilised.

Day-to-day supervision and monitoring of service performance and standards is conducted by mobile Inspectors nationally to ensure that, for example, only children with tickets are carried, only vehicles and drivers pre-approved by Bus Éireann are utilised, and pick up points remain suitable. A record of school transport service checks completed is maintained and updated by each Schools Office, who conduct follow up action on faults/discrepancies found and reported by Inspectors.

A database is maintained to ensure that safety critical documentation such as licences, Roadworthiness Certificates and insurance, are kept current and in order. These steps help to ensure that vehicles used are roadworthy, properly insured, that the contractor has the appropriate operator’s licence and tax clearance, and that the driver is medically fit, has been vetted, and is licensed to drive the size of vehicle concerned.

Bus Éireann has arrangements in place to ensure that background vetting checks are conducted by the Garda Authorities so that all contractors, all drivers, and all Inspectors involved in the provision of School Transport Scheme services are cleared to work with children.

Bus Éireann has also put a process in place to conduct random checks of maintenance standards on school buses used, with vehicle checks conducted by external independent experts, to complement statutory requirements and further enhance the safety and reliability of our school transport services.

All Bus Éireann drivers are put through driver training programmes including advanced driver training and refresher courses which cover matters such as defensive driving, equipment on the vehicle etc, and are issued with a Drivers’ Handbook & Ticketing Manual, which contains a wide range of safety information.

All Bus Éireann school bus drivers have been provided with a means of communication for use in the event of emergency in the course of their duty.

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Special needs

The School Transport Scheme offers equality of access to education. Almost 10,000 children in the Scheme require specialised travel arrangements. They are transported on vehicles which, in some cases, have been specially designed or modified to provide easier access by lift or ramp and allow a number of children to travel in their wheelchairs. Adult escorts (have been appointed) on most of these dedicated services, to assist children with special needs.

Services for children with special needs mainly provide a door-to-door service from home to school. The number of vehicles utilised in this capacity, and the quality and range of such services, is increasing steadily and improving every year.

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Further information

For further information regarding any aspect of the school transport service, please contact your local Bus Éireann office. If your school is doing a project on Bus Éireann, then click on Corporate Information for more information about our services and our company.

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Bus Enthusiasts Groups

Transport Museum Society of Ireland
c/o National Transport Museum, Howth, Co. Dublin

Open daily June to August:
10.00 - 17.00 Monday to Saturday,
14.00 - 17.00 Sunday.
From September to May open Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: 14.00 - 17.00.
Museum is located 800 metres from Howth DART station and is also served by BÁC (Bus Átha Cliath - Dublin Bus) route 31 from Lower Abbey Street.

Irish Transport Trust

The PSV Circle

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A number of British magazines are available from principal newsagents - Buses (monthly); Classic Bus (bi-monthly); Bus & Coach Preservation (monthly).

Winged Wheel (CIÉ Buses 1945 - 1987) is published by the Transport Museum Society of Ireland and may be ordered from the National Transport Museum.

The following books may be available for reference in public libraries:

Travel & Transport in Ireland (Nowlan)
Dublin’s Buses (Flanagan & Mac an tSaoir)
Transport in Ireland 1880-1910 (Flanagan)
The Bus Services of the County Donegal Railways (Dougherty)
Cork’s Early Buses (Swanton)
Taisteal agus Iompair in Éirinn (Mac Giolla Chomhaill)
Winged Wheel: CIE Buses 1945-1987 (Corcoran & Manahan)
CIE Buses 1945-1987: A Pictorial History (McIntyre)
Bus Éireann: A Pictorial History 1987-2006 (Molloy, Hall & McDonnell)

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Bus Éireann/Business 2000 Case Studies

Training & Professional Development

Total Quality Management

Technology - Driving the Business

Human Resources Embracing Equality and Diversity


IT Support for Informed Decision Making

Quality and Safety Through Training

The National Development Plan

Anywhere I want to go

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