By Sir Peter Lampl
The UK needs a national system of school buses. Nearly 20 per cent of the traffic on the UK’s roads during the rush hour is on the school run. But the costs of not having an adequate school transport system go beyond congestion and include environmental, social and economic damage.
No More School Run: Proposal for a national yellow bus scheme in the UK argues that a system of school buses would increase punctuality for all road users, have economic benefits and improve quality of life.
It would also lower green house gas emissions; bring considerable environmental and health benefits, including making the journey safer for pupils on and off buses; reduce truancy and improve discipline; and the wider community would benefit from an accessible and reliable source of transport. Importantly, a system of school buses could make our education system fairer.