Safety first on school buses

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SCHOOL bus safety is being targeted by police as part of a two week long campaign.

South Yorkshire Police are joining forces with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency to check school transport vehicles as part of Operation Coachman.

Officers will be stopping buses and taxis used to do the school runs to ensure any vehicle transporting children has the correct safety measures and paperwork.

Sergeant Graham Sayner: “We’ll be working in various locations around the county, stopping vehicles used to transport schoolchildren and people with learning disabilities to places of education. “This will include everything from school buses to coaches, taxis and minibuses and we’ll be conducting both high visibility and covert patrols to check as many passenger-carrying vehicles as possible.”

“However, there is no room for complacency.”

“Dozens of vehicles carry hundreds of people to and from places of education week in, week out, and we need to ensure that they are transported safely.

“If we and our partners don’t police them, then no-one will.”

The campaign runs every year although officers have never found any major breaches in Doncaster.

Drivers who fall foul of the law may have their vehicle taken off the road until they are brought up to scratch or they could face further penalties depending on the breach of regulation