CHANGES are planned to the council’s home to school transport policy to ensure accessibility policies are met.
An update on two changes to the council’s policy was agreed by scrutiny committee this week, before going to cabinet for final decision.
Members of the learning communities overview and scrutiny committee accepted a report at its meeting on December 17 that states that due to the introduction of Public Service Vehicles Accessibility Regulations 2000 reference to spare seat provision and the charge for it will be removed from council policy.
The process of submitting an appeal when home to school transport has been refused has also been updated and clarified, the report adds.
When the home to school transport policy was adopted in September 2016 it introduced a charge of £390 a year for spare seat provision for those not entitled for free transport which since it’s introduction in 2018 has generated around £7,000 a year.
If a bus or coach has more than 22 seats and a fare is paid it must meet PSVAR standards.
The local authority makes separate arrangements for disabled pupils entitled to free home transport as necessary.