Parents asked to drive school buses

MUMS and dads are being asked to get behind the wheel of the school buses in the Weston area because of a lack of drivers. Weston-based bus company Bakers Dolphin want parents to start driving the buses, a practice common in America, to help get pupils to

MUMS and dads are being asked to get behind the wheel of the school buses in the Weston area because of a lack of drivers.Weston-based bus company Bakers Dolphin want parents to start driving the buses, a practice common in America, to help get pupils to school safely.More and more schools are asking the firm to provide a bus service to their gates and managing director Tim Newcombe is appealing to parents to step in and help meet the demand.He said: "Safety is a higher priority than ever before and schools know that bussing their children to the school gates is the safest way of getting them there and home again at the end of the school day."Mums often find it difficult to find part-time jobs that fit in with school hours and so what could be better than having a job that fits in exactly with the school day - to make the school run a family event. In America it's a fairly common practice for parents, and particularly mothers, to drive the school bus. Many start off as part timers, find they really like it and join up to make it a career."It is also the greenest way, a coach full of 50 schoolchildren potentially means 50 fewer car journeys each way every day."Parents or grandparents interested should call the firm on 01934 415000. Free training is available.


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