Concerns over school bus services continuing with rising fuel costs

A Leitrim Councillor is calling on the government to act now to ensure that there is no disruption to the school year in the coming weeks.


Concern has been expressed that many schools bus transport providers may not be able to continue to provide the service due to increased fuel costs.

95% of school bus operators say they can’t guarantee a service up to the end of the school year in June.


A survey by the Coach Tourism and Transport Council of Ireland , published in the Irish Examiner, found almost all of its members say that spiraling fuel prices mean its not commercially viable to continue running services without any Government support.


The CTTC is now calling for an immediate VAT cut on fuel to 9%.


Manorhamilton MD Councillor Padraig Fallon says school transport issues for Junior and Leaving cert students are concerning especially after studies have been disrupted by Covid in recent years: