The checks are being carried out by Vehicle Inspectorate examiners in conjunction with the local police forces and regional education department transport co-ordinators.
The objective of these checks is to ensure that operators providing school transport are adhering to the relevant legislation and maintaining their vehicles to the required standard. Vehicle inspectorate vehicle examiners will be checking the mechanical condition of the vehicles while traffic examiners will check documentation, tachographs, driver's rest periods and other matters.
Particular attention will be given to operators who have been the subject of a specific complaint or are suspected of failing to meet their legal responsibilities.
Vehicles will not be stopped when laden with children outside the school boundaries. It is also intended to inspect school transport vehicles at other suitable locations such as swimming pools and theatres.
The Vehicle Inspectorate is committed to improving road safety by the enforcement of regulations covering all vehicles on the road including school transport. It is particularly pleased to work in such close co-operation with the police and in this instance, the education department towards this goal. Checks on school transport will continue whilst there are still operators who are not keeping their vehicles properly maintained.
Details on where the checks are actually taking place can be obtained from Area Offices: Northern Scotland - Tel: 01463 235505; West and South West Scotland - Tel: 0141 772 3405; and South East Scotland - Tel: 01506 445210.