Guernsey school bus use will be measured

A plan to introduce minimum travel distances for children on board Guernsey school buses has been abandoned.

It wanted to stop pupils living within one mile of their school from using the service.

The move followed complaints there were not always enough space for pupils.

However, the Environment Department found schools are not in charge of how the buses are used, making it difficult to enforce a restriction.

Instead, the school bus operator, Island Coachways, has been asked to provide details about the number of pupils using the buses during the first two weeks of January to measure the extent of the problem.

The department said it also wanted to remind pupils they can also use the scheduled bus services free of charge during school hours, as long as they are in uniform.

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