The 60-second guide to... cutting school run bills with a bus plan
Parents of children who start school this September - and who live far from their nearest school - can now apply for Bus Eireann's School Transport Scheme. The deadline for applying for a seat under the scheme is April 28, 2017.
By cutting out the need for school runs in the car, the scheme could save you more than €1,000 in fuel bills over the school year, depending on the type of car you have and how far you live from your local school.
Your child may be eligible for a seat under Bus Eireann's school transport scheme if you live more than 3.2km from your nearest primary school or more than 4.8km from your nearest post-primary school.
For this reason, it is mainly taken up by rural dwellers.
The price of a ticket for the full school year is €100 for a primary pupil (up to a maximum of €220 per family), or €350 for post primary (up to a maximum of €650 per family).
Tickets must be paid for by July 28, 2017 but payments can only be made from the start of July.
You can pay online at www.buseireann.ie - or by sending a cheque, postal order, or money order to your local Bus Eireann school transport office.
There is no charge for children with medical cards, although medical card details must be submitted by July 28 if you have a child who will be claiming this exemption.
Only new pupils - that is, those starting primary school or pupils moving to post-primary school in autumn 2017 - need to apply for a seat.
The parents of children who already have a seat will be contacted in July when it is time to pay for the tickets for the new school year.
You can get more information on the scheme by contacting your local Bus Éireann school transport office.
Alternatively, you can find more details on the scheme online by visiting www.buseireann.ie/schooltransport.
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