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This consultation seeks your views on improving the way in which the safety of walked routes to school is assessed.
All passenger seats on buses used for dedicated learner transport must be fitted with seat belts as of 1 October 2014.
This guidance describes the Welsh Government’s interpretation of the law for school transport and provides a view about how local authorities should discharge their legal duties.
This guidance is issued under section 15 of the Learner Travel (Wales) Measure 2008. It contains statutory guidance on the Travel Behaviour Code.
This guidance has been developed to assist local authorities and operators in carrying out risk assessments on home to school transport.
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We’re trying to ensure that learner travel is effective and safe. Here you will find information about our policies and procedures in this area.

The Welsh Government has done a lot of work in recent years to try and improve school transport for children and young people.

Learner Travel (Wales) Measure 2008

The Learner Travel (Wales) Measure 2008 set out school transport policy for Wales. It included the delivery of improvements for learners through increasing entitlement to transport for young children, making it free for primary school children if they live two miles or further from the nearest suitable school.

The Measure also allowed the Welsh Ministers to produce the first ever All-Wales Travel Behaviour Code (The Travel Code), setting out the standards of behaviour required of all learners when travelling to and from their school or college.

Safety on Learner Transport (Wales) Measure 2011

The Safety on Learner Transport (Wales) Measure 2011 gives the Welsh Minister powers to introduce specific safety standards for dedicated school transport. This includes the option to introduce specific driver training, CCTV, escorts and compulsory risk assessment.

As part of this Measure seat belts will become compulsory on all school buses in October 2014.

Use the links on this page to view operational guidance on school transport, risk assessment and the Travel Code.

Home to School Transport Projects

In 2008/09, the Welsh Government made a grant available to the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) for the purpose of funding a series of local authority projects for bringing innovations and improvements to home to school transport on a pan-Wales basis. The grant amounted to £1,000,000 per annum over a three year period.  

More information about these innovative projects, can be found on the WLGA website.