Tayside and Central Scotland

Two school buses taken off the road

Two school buses have been taken off the road after being found to have brake and suspension defects.

One of the vehicles was in such bad condition it was towed away immediately.

The defects were discovered during checks carried out on buses which had taken pupils to Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling.

The inspections were carried out by police and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency.

A further seven vehicles were given time to get repaired after the discovery of minor defects such as fuel and oil leaks, blown or loose exhausts, defective seatbelts, and tyre defects.

Elaine Marshall, a road safety officer for the Forth Valley Division of Police Scotland, said: "Bus companies have the responsibility of safely transporting pupils to and from school and on trips.

"It is extremely worrying that in two instances last week buses were so defective they had to be removed from the road with immediate effect.

"It is even more concerning that one bus was in such a bad state that it could not be repaired at the scene and had to be towed away.

"This meant a replacement bus had to be brought in to ensure the pupils got home safely.

"We have always maintained that do everything we can, along with VOSA, to make sure children are travelling on buses that are completely roadworthy."

Similar operations are set to continue in the coming months.

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