Children's safety on school buses is vitally important. Every year around these dates new children start school and many of them will have to get used to traveling on school transport and some of them will be going on public transport.
Not everyone is familiar with the current legislation regarding school transport. We have briefly summarized the legislation on school buses in the following points:
- Vehicles cannot be more than 16 years old.
- They must have a special authorization for school transport.
- They must have a school transport sign on the front and rear of the vehicle.
- The vehicle must pass an annual technical inspection if it is less than 5 years old and a six-monthly inspection once it is 5 years old.
- It must have compulsory insurance and another additional insurance covering civil liability for damages.
- From 2007, new buses must be equipped with seat belts.
- The vehicle must have a non-slip floor and the sides of the stairs must be brightly colored.
- The doors must have rails to help children get on and off the bus.
- The seats in front of stairwells or those that are not protected by the seatback in front must have some form of fixed protection.
- If the seats are occupied by children aged 5-11, the seat belts must have three anchoring points and booster cushions must be provided.
- The maximum length of the journey, each way, must not exceed one hour.
- The bus should have seats for people with disabilities.
Can we request that these school buses allow child car seats to be installed on their seats?
The law as it stands does not provide for this possibility. However, there is nothing stopping us from speaking to the school and carrying out certain actions (such as getting people to sign a petition), in collaboration with associations such as AMPA, for example, so that the school takes this into account or prioritizes transport options that permit the use of child car seats.