Legal obligations for persons arranging school or student travel
School governors, management teams and head teachers need to be aware, that even if they are not responsible for contracting school transport they still have a legal duty of care to ensure all students leave through the school gate, safely on their journey home.
This legal obligation requires the careful selection of transport providers. All bus and coach operators must be licenced, but it is only BUSK accredited operators that can demonstrate an independantly audited commitment to safety that goes above and beyond the requirements of an operator's licence.
Specifically to transport companies, organisers should be in a position to verify:
- Driver competence.
- The transport provider’s understanding and compliance of European drivers’ hours rules,
- Maintanence procedures (including MOT pass rate and VOSA roadside inspection record)
- The transport provider’s breakdown, and emergency contingency and insurances.
- Policy for comfort stops en route.
- The safety equipment aboard the coach, including first-aid kit, satellite tracking etc.
It is the operator’s responsibility to maintain:
- Good repute.
- A current operator’s licence.
- Seat belts to current standards.
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