Balance called for school transport
THE SAME radius for public school transport should be applied for both primary and secondary students, according to a Wicklow County Councillor.
Cllr. Conal Kavanagh outlined to fellow members the difficulty encountered by parents and their children when the student moves to second level education as they are not privy to the same catchment distance for a subsidised transport system.
’We have a situation where we have a 12-year-old student who qualifies for a free national school bus seat but then when they move to second level the radius is reduced from four to three kilometres, they have to apply and wait three weeks to see if they are accepted.
‘ This is a terrible waste of time. The same radius should apply to all.’
Cllr. Kavanagh added that at this time of year parents already have plenty of expense and this application system was an unnecessary waste of time.
It was agreed that a Wicklow County Council will write to Minister of State Sean Haughey and seek that the regulation is changed.
Cllr Kavanagh has called for school transport balance.