This topic covers the provision of home-to-school transport arising from the obligations placed on local authorities as set out in the Education Act 1996, as well as looking at organised school trips.

Buses carrying schoolchildren must meet, in specific circumstances, requirements in respect of signage and the fitment of seat belts. Nearly all dedicated school bus operations also qualify as regulated activity in respect of the checks managed by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). School buses owned and operated by local authorities are subject to a revised licensing regime, which are set out in the Employer Factsheet: Local Authority Owned School Buses.

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