School bus service at a crossroads and there is no easy choice of route
Traversing more than 6,500 routes and 93 million kilometres of Irish roads every year, school buses are a feature of daily life in every parish in rural Ireland. Even after changing the eligibility rules in 2011, they carry 113,000 primary and post primary pupils to and from school every day.
The rule changes were part of cost-saving and revenue-increasing measures implemented in an effort to contain the ever-rising cost of the service.
Changes included the introduction of a charge for primary school children, and they also made it harder for pupils to be eligible for a seat.