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January 07 2019
By Mel Holley

A former routeone editor, Mel has more than 30 years’ experience in road and rail transport journalism.

Charter aims to make all school minibuses safe

Claire’s Charter was launched by BUSK 25 years after the M40 accident

A new charter aiming to make school minibus travel as safe as possible – has been launched.

It marks the 25th anniversary of the Hagley School minibus crash, in which a teacher and 12 pupils were killed. The teacher fell asleep, crashing into a maintenance lorry on the hard shoulder of the M40 near Warwick.

The parents of one of the victims, Claire Fitzgerald, have launched a code of conduct, called Claire’s Charter. They maintain that in many cases, children are no safer today in school minibuses than they were in 1993.

BUSK Director Pat Harris says: “The Fitzgerald family has asked BUSK to campaign on their behalf and to kickstart this, we begin with Claire’s Charter.

“It sets out measures that Claire’s family believe should apply to all schools that run a minibus operation.” 

Claire’s Charter aims to highlight the importance of understanding the law surrounding a minibus operation, the law for drivers of minibuses and to press government to introduce measures to ensure all minibus drivers meet the requirements of a commercial operation. BUSK believes it is the only way to ensure the safety of, not just the pupils but also the teachers.

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