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Free school transport for Aberdeenshire pupils in order to avoid £9m bus bill

1 month ago   |   By Press and Journal

Councillors have agreed to reverse a transport policy dating back decades and grant free school bus travel for thousands of children in Aberdeenshire.
In September, the council discovered that its fleet of 121 school buses did not meet government standards under accessibility rules.
Rather than spend £9million to bring the fleet up to scratch, they found that offering free transport would get round the issue - as the regulations only apply to vehicles where a fare is paid.
It was decided yesterday at the council's education and services committee that the plans can go ahead - and now 1,275...
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