School bus safety revealed
6:57am 12th April 2011
Spot checks by road safety experts have established that North Yorkshire has some of the safest school buses in the United Kingdom.
Just over 5% of school buses inspected by experts from North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire County Council, and the Vehicle Operating Standards Agency (Vosa) were found to be in need of attention. The latest comparable figures show that nationally, 19% of vehicles fail to pass the inspections.
A total of 112 vehicles contracted to the county council were checked during “Operation Coachman” in March. 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.
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