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School Buses Written Answer, 18/12/12 [S]

Written Answer given in response to Liz Smith's (Cons) question asking the Scottish Government how many random spot checks on school buses have been carried out by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency in each year since 2003 and how many buses failed; how many random spot checks on school buses have been carried out by each local authority in each year since 1999; and what strategy is being developed by the Police Service of Scotland to ensure the safety of children on school buses.

The Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Keith Brown, replied that ensuring the safety and roadworthiness of vehicles is a reserved matter. It is the responsibility of The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) to enforce these standards, ensuring the compliance of operators and drivers and supporting the independent Traffic Commissioners.

VOSA carry out an annual inspection on vehicles to ensure that they are free from defect and roadworthy. In addition, VOSA undertakes random spot checks on vehicles at unannounced locations. Some local authorities in Scotland also carry out such checks themselves. Associated statistical information is not held centrally at this level of detail.

The police support VOSA in this role and will investigate any concerns made known or identified regarding vehicle roadworthiness and safety and will take any necessary action.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 18 December 2012 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 18 December 2012