CHANGES to school transport in Rugby began this week.
Previously some Warwickshire County Council school services allowed students who are not entitled to free transport to pay a daily fare or to purchase a pass directly from the bus operator. From this week, in most instances, this will no longer be the case.
These services will now be regarded as ‘closed door’ which means that only students showing passes issued by the council will be able to travel.
This group includes pupils entitled to free transport or non-entitled students who have purchased a pass from the council under its ‘vacant seats’ policy, which was introduced in 2006.
The move has been brought in to make savings, but also as part of the changes to the way the council provides support with transport for students aged 16 to 19, and to give the council greater control over the numbers of students using council funded transport.
Cllr Heather Timms, portfolio holder for children, young people and families at Warwickshire County Council, said: “The changes to school transport we are making are necessary for several reasons. We have to reduce spending on the current home to school transport budget whilst ensuring that the council gets value for money and most importantly that students are transported safely.
“The extension of the vacant seat policy will assist us to achieve these aims.”