School bus safety findings revealed

CHILDREN are travelling safely on school buses throughout Whitby and district, road safety experts agreed following spot checks on 112 vehicles contracted to the country council for school transport across North Yorkshire.

nly five per cent of school buses inspected by experts from North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire County Council, and the Vehicle Operating Standards Agency were found to be in need of attention.

The latest comparable figures show that nationally 19% of vehicles fail to pass the inspections.

Of those inspected in North Yorkshire six were found to have safety-related defects, although three were minor and were rectified immediately. The issues identified included defective wipers, locked emergency doors, and a damaged seatbelt.

County councillor John Watson, executive member for schools said: “Children’s safety is clearly a very high priority for the county council, and these high standards are exactly what we expect from our contractors.”

All operators are expected to meet stringent minimum standards before contracts are issued, and are subject to random checks throughout the contract term together with full support from the county council’s passenger transport compliance team.