Safety

Britain sees drop in serious injuries to students on buses

Posted on July 2, 2008

DERBY, England — Fewer pupils were seriously injured on buses in Great Britain in 2007 than in 2006.

There were 10 serious injuries on buses — which includes transit buses, minibuses and coaches — during school journeys in 2007, down from 15 in 2006.

As in 2006, there were no student fatalities reported on buses in 2007. However, the number of slight injuries rose from 357 to 392.

In other types of school journeys: Ten pedestrians were killed and 432 were seriously injured in 2007 —­ both decreases from 2006. Three cyclists were killed and 51 were seriously injured — both increases that officials attributed in part to an increase in bike use for school journeys.

About 1.5 million students ride buses to and from school each day in Great Britain. Bus rides account for about 20 percent of school journeys but only 2 percent of fatal or serious school journey casualties.

STC Ltd., a school transportation consultancy headquartered in Derby, England, compiled the school journey casualty report based on data from the Great Britain Department for Transport.

STC’s Sian Thornthwaite said the data reflected “another positive year for our school transport contractors and operators.”

For more information, visit www.school-transport.com.

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