In the United Kingdom, many types of buses are used to carry children to and from school. In many areas they even use double-decker buses. While some children do ride school buses to school, they are more often not on dedicated school routes, but on established public transport systems. But recent developments suggest that this may change for the better.
Over the past few years, a number of yellow bus school bus programs (or “schemes,” as they are commonly called) have been established across the UK to favorable reviews. The Staffordshire County Council now owns and operatesits own fleet of 30 yellow school buses. However, private contractors still provide the majority of the buses used for pupil transportation across the UK. These buses are operated under contract with the local schools or county councils, and parents pay for the service.
Although there are school buses manufactured in the UK, some of these buses even come from the states. In the past couple of years, our company has sold 2 yellow school buses to a company in the UK. Our contact at the company has told us that these buses are an oddity there and attract a lot of attention.
The managing director of First Student UK, says the dedicated school bus service and the yellow school buses have been well received by pupils, parents, and other members of the public.